goodfellow's tree kangaroo
The Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo is also known as the Ornate Tree Kangaroo. They were named after Walter Goodfellow who discovered the species. Like our finger prints Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo tail patterns are unique! They spend most of their time curled up in a ball asleep. A fascinating fact about the Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo is that in the wild they are nocturnal (awake at night) but if they are near human settlements or in captivity they are diurnal (awake in the day). Both male and female of this species have territories but the males are larger and it overlaps 7 female territories.
Goodfellow's Tree kangaroos are omnivores (eat plants and meat). Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos mainly feed on leaves from the Silkwood tree. But they will also eat fruit, leaves, grasses, insects, eggs and small birds.
Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos are found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea
breeding & caring for young
Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos can only have one baby. The baby Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo stays inside the mother, forming for 45 days. The young are in their mothers pouch for eight to 10 months and then only stay with mum for another three months. Unlike humans the baby Tree kangaroo will only be with its mother for a short amount of time.
Tree Kangaroos started evolving 25 million years ago. No one knowns how they evolved to live in trees. DNA research shows they are very close relatives to the Rock Wallaby. This is probably where they get their agility from.
Unlike all other Macropods Tree Kangaroos can move their legs individually and move backwards! Their tails aren't prehensile (can't wrap around things) instead, they are used for balance. One thing I find fascinating is that they can hop on branches! When it is on the ground they will hop or walk, but they are clumsy.
Calcinosis is the Tree Kangaroos biggest threat! Calcinosis is a disease that is caused by calcium being in places that it shouldn't be such as inner bones, flesh and tissue. Another threat to all Tree Kangaroo species is New Guinea natives hunting them for food and clothing . Deforestation is another massive threat that limits where they can live. Some other threats are global warming (this causes extreme weather) and roads because they could get run over.
Luckily there are conservation groups like Tenkile that are working with local communities and educate them about need for tree kangaroos. Tenkile's biggest goal is to make a mountain range of preserved area where all Tree Kangaroo species are 100% safe. WWF is making a difference in Tree Kangaroo conservation by reducing deforestation, raising awareness about Tree Kangaroo conservation, managing protected areas and reducing hunting. Many zoos breed these endangered Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos