Location: West Papua (Indonesia)
The Dingiso is a Tree Kangaroo that is listed as Endangered because of an ongoing, drastic population decline, suspected to be more than 50% over the last three generations (i.e., 30 years), due to increasing human activities (agriculture and hunting). The western-most parts of the population are currently secure because of traditional beliefs, but if those change, the species could very quickly slip towards extinction. Climate change also poses a long-term threat for this sub-alpine species; already the climate changes are allowing different agricultural practices. This is a sub-alpine species of tree kangaroo that lives in the upper montane low mossy forest or scrub type habitats, usually above 2,700 m. Dingisos are largely a terrestrial species that is found in rugged areas, they are very docile animals. Ongoing threats include hunting for food in parts of its range. In the western parts of the range the species is still protected by tradition, but in the eastern parts it has undergone major declines due to increasing human population and loss of habitat.
With the face of a teddy and the agile figure of a Kangaroo the Dingiso is a tree kangaroo lives in the #westpapua #rainforests. Endangered on @IUCNredlist by #hunting #palmoil #deforestation #Boycott4Widlife #naturetwitterTweet
Leary, T., Seri, L., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Dickman, C., Aplin, K., Flannery, T., Martin, R. & Salas, L. 2016. Dendrolagus mbaiso. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T6437A21956108. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T6437A21956108.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.
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