Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus pulcherrimus

Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus pulcherrimus

Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus pulcherrimus

Critically Endangered

Locations: Papua New Guinea , West Papua (Indonesia)

The Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo occurs in mid-montane rainforests. Otherwise, very little is known of its ecology and life history.

Historically, the species has been highly threatened by hunting for food, and additionally by habitat loss through conversion of forest to cultivated land. Listed as Critically Endangered because of a very significant decline in population over the previous three generations (which in this species represents approximately 30 years). This decline is inferred to be a 90% reduction in population.


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The causes of this decline are understood, are reversible, and have ceased at least for a substantial part of the total species population (i.e. that which occurs in the Torricelli Range). The population in the Torricelli Range is now effectively protected by the Tenkile Conservation Alliance. Early indications are that the Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo is recovering as a result of protection. If this recovery continues, it is likely that the species will soon shift in status from CR to EN.

The lowland areas of their distribution are earmarked for deforestation and oil palm expansion.

IUCN Red List

Further Information

iucn-rating-critically-endangered

Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Flannery, T., Martin, R. & Seri, L. 2016. Dendrolagus pulcherrimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136696A21957219. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T136696A21957219.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.

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Tenkile Conservation Alliance


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