Tenkile Dendrolagus scottae

The Tenkile Dendrolagus scottae is critically endangered in Papua New Guinea

Tenkile Dendrolagus scottae

Critically Endangered

Locations: Papua New Guinea

The Tenkile is a species of Tree Kangaroo that occurs in mid-montane tropical forest, typically containing Podocarpous, Libocedrus, Auraucaria, Rapanea and Syzygium species. No formal diet studies have been conducted, but it is thought D. scottae feeds on vines including Scaveola and Tetracera species, epiphytic ferns and leaves from various forest plants. Unlike other tree kangaroos, this species spends a high proportion of time on the ground (Flannery 1995).

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This species is listed as Critically Endangered because of a rapid population decline suspected to be 90% or more over the last three generations, which in this species is a period of 30 years. As a result of this decline, total population size is now probably in the low hundreds. This species is threatened by hunting for food by local people, and by habitat loss through conversion of forest to subsistence agricultural use and regional human population growth. Increased hunting associated with increased population density of people is responsible for severe decline of the Torricelli population, which may have been as low as 100 individuals in the 2000s. This represents a very substantial reduction of range and abundance in the memory of local villagers.

This species is listed as Critically Endangered because of a rapid population decline suspected to be 90% or more over the last three generations, which in this species is a period of 30 years

IUCN Red List

Further Information


Tenkile Conservation Alliance

Leary, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Flannery, T., Martin, R. & Seri, L. 2019. Dendrolagus scottae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T6435A21956375. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-1.RLTS.T6435A21956375.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2021.

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