Matschie's tree-kangaroo in the branches of a tree

Matschie's tree-kangaroo

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

Rank: Species

Common names:

Huon tree-kangaroo

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Map showing the distribution of the Matschie's tree-kangaroo taxa

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.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1