Grey cuscuses are marsupials, so the female has a pouch in which she keeps her babies. She can have up to three babies, but may only succeed in rearing one of them. Found in New Guinea and Australia, grey cuscuses are nocturnal. There are 13 different species.
Scientific name: Phalanger
A new subspecies of silky cuscus is confirmed.
A small montane cuscus has been brought back to camp for investigation by mammal expert Kris Helgen. It has thick dark fur, an adaptation to living in the cold mountain environment of the crater. Long ago this species of cuscus found itself in the crater of Mount Bosavi and has continued to develop in isolation from its other relatives, in time becoming a sub species of the silky cuscus family.
A new species of cuscus makes its debut.
Some things within the Mount Bosavi crater have never been seen before. While it's rare to discover new mammals, it does happen. After waiting for several hours, patience pays off for cameraman Gordon Buchanan who gets to see an unusual mammal as it leaves it daytime hideaway and goes in search of food in the night forest. Is this a new species? If unique to the crater, it will help prove how special the jungles of Mount Bosavi are. Gordon's footage will be taken back and analysed by experts at the expedition camp.
An unusual nocturnal marsupial is spotted up in the canopy.
High in the trees is a cuscus, a nocturnal marsupial, the size of a domestic cat. They bear little resemblance to any other animals. They use their long prehensile tail as an extra limb to grip on to branches as well as allowing for better balance high in the tree tops.