Native to the mountainous forests of New Guinea, the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi) is an endangered marsupial which is visually distinct from terrestrial kangaroos. They have short, woolly fur with a chestnut-brown back and a pale underside, along with a long, non-prehensile golden tail.
Within their rainforest habitat, they feed on various fruits, leaves, flowers and cereals but primarily they eat the leaves of the Silkwood tree. Unlike many other marsupials within the family Macropodidae, the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo is clumsy and inelegant on the ground since they have adapted to be arboreal animals. They use their skilful forelimbs and powerful hind legs to leap from tree to tree.
This species is mostly nocturnal and solitary since males are quite aggressive and very territorial. Their appearance is highly intriguing to me due to their unusual colouring and large fluffy ears. Unfortunately, they are an endangered species due to humankind. It is horrible to see how many species are going extinct because of human’s incessant desire for more.
Sadly, the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo is threatened by hunting for food and habitat loss due to deforestation as more forest is destroyed to make room for plantations, housing and agriculture. It would be a terrible shame to let this species go extinct so charities like the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) are conserving tree kangaroos by reducing illegal deforestation throughout Southeast Asia and raising awareness for these beautiful marsupials.