Doria's tree kangaroos are the heaviest tree-dwelling marsupials in the world. They can perform some impressive leaps of around 10 metres between trees and 18 metres to the ground. Although Doria's tree kangaroos spend most of the day up in the trees, once on the ground they can leap and jump just like their Australian relatives.
Scientific name: Dendrolagus dorianus
A remarkably close encounter with a rare kind of kangaroo.
In the remote crater of Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea, a tree kangaroo runs right across the path of Steve Backshall and the expedition team. It's probably that this animal hasn't yet come into contact with other humans, and so it's unafraid and doesn't immediately run off to hide.
A rare Doria's tree kangaroo feeds right in front of the camera.
Found only in the montane forests of New Guinea, Doria's tree kangaroo is the heaviest tree-dwelling marsupial in the world.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Doria's Tree-Kangaroo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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