Tree kangaroos are the marsupial equivalent of monkeys, but only evolved about 5 million years ago, so are not as agile in the trees. They have, however, evolved features to help them in their climbing lifestyle – stout, muscular forearms for a stronger grip, long tails for balance and broad feet with non-slip soles.
Scientific name: Dendrolagus matschiei
The life of a tree kangaroos takes place up in the forest canopy.
Kangaroos live in New Guinea but here they live up in the forest canopy. As there are no monkeys or squirrels, the entire canopy of leaves is theirs for the taking. Tree kangaroo babies stay with their mothers for up to two years before they live alone.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Matschie'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
Matschie's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei), also known as the Huon tree-kangaroo is a tree-kangaroo native to the Huon Peninsula of North Eastern New Guinea. Under the IUCN classification, Matschie's tree-kangaroo is endangered.
The scientific name honours German biologist Paul Matschie.
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