Grizzled Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus inustus

Curious, gentle tree-dwelling macropods, Grizzled Tree kangaroos live in the lowland and mid-montane tropical forests of Papua New Guinea. They are found in both primary and degraded forests. The Grizzled Tree Kangaroo is threatened by heavy hunting for food by local people, and by habitat loss and degradation through conversion of forest to small-scale agricultural use, and industrial palm oil plantations.

Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langur Simias concolor

Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langur Simias concolor Critically Endangered Location: Indonesia Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langurs are found in swamp forests and lowland rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia (Tenaza 1987, Quinten 2010), as well as in primary forests on the hillsides of the islands‘ interior regions (Tilson 1977); they have also been spotted in habitat mosaics of primary and secondaryContinue reading “Pig-tailed Snub-nosed Langur Simias concolor”

Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra

Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra Endangered Location: Sulawesi, Indonesia. Also known as the Celebes Crested Macaque, the Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra are Critically Endangered and face high risk of extinction; populations have declined by over 80% in under 40 years due to ubiquitous threats of habitat loss and fragmentation, but also fromContinue reading “Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra”

Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus goodfellowi

Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus goodfellowi Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea The Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo is a marsupial species that is now restricted to montane tropical forest; they were formerly present in areas of lowland forest. This species is highly threatened by hunting for food and is traded internally for cultural reasons by local people, andContinue reading “Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus goodfellowi”

Huon Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei

Huon Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea The Huon Tree Kangaroo is found in tropical montane and upper montane forests between 1000 and 3300 m asl. A recent study of the ranging behaviour of 15 individuals in upper montane forests (circa 3000 m asl). The human population of the Huon Peninsula isContinue reading “Huon Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei”

Arfak Ringtail Pseudochirulus schlegeli

Arfak Ringtail Pseudochirulus schlegeli Vulnerable Location: West Papua (Indonesia) The Arfak Ringtail is a rare and little-known species is restricted to the Arfak mountains in the Vogelkop Peninsula in Papua Province, Indonesia on the island of New Guinea. This ringtail is known from a handful of localities, but there is reason to believe that thisContinue reading “Arfak Ringtail Pseudochirulus schlegeli”

Bear Cuscus Ailurops ursinus

Bear Cuscus Ailurops ursinus Vulnerable Location: West Papua (Indonesia) The Bear Cuscus is listed as Vulnerable because of an ongoing population decline estimated and projected to exceed 30% over three generations (~16 years, half of that period in the past and half in the future), due to the high rate of deforestation and hunting of thisContinue reading “Bear Cuscus Ailurops ursinus”

Vogelkop Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus ursinus

The Vogelkop Tree Kangaroo is a shy marsupial that lives in deep in the Arfak Mountains in Indonesian occupied #Papua #PapuaNewGuinea, they have undergone rapid decline due to #palmoil #deforestation. You can help them #Boycott4Wildlife

Talaud Bear Cuscus Ailurops melanotis

Talaud Bear Cuscus Ailurops melanotis Critically Endangered Location: Salibabu Island, Indonesia The Talaud Bear Cuscus is listed as Critically Endangered because it is only known with certainty from a single location, Salibabu Island, which is less than 100 km2, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat andContinue reading “Talaud Bear Cuscus Ailurops melanotis”

Dingiso Dendrolagus mbaiso

Dingiso Dendrolagus mbaiso Endangered 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 areContinue reading “Dingiso Dendrolagus mbaiso”

Blue-eyed Spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus wilsoni

Blue-eyed Spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus wilsoni Critically Endangered Location: West Papua (Indonesia) The Blue-eyed Spotted Cuscus is listed as Critically Endangered because of a continuing drastic population decline, inferred to be more than 80% from the rate and extent of habitat loss in the last 10 years due to massive deforestation on Biak-Supiori and from levelsContinue reading “Blue-eyed Spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus wilsoni”

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 toContinue reading “Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus pulcherrimus”

Tenkile Dendrolagus scottae

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 variousContinue reading “Tenkile Dendrolagus scottae”

Telefomin Cuscus Phalanger matanim

Telefomin Cuscus Phalanger matanim Critically Endangered Locations: Papua New Guinea The Telefomin Cuscus is found in mid-montane tropical moist oak forest and has a narrow altitudinal range. Little more is known about the natural history of this distinctive species. The habitat at the type locality was completely burnt in the 1998 El Niño event. ThisContinue reading “Telefomin Cuscus Phalanger matanim”

Thomas’s Big-eared Bat Pharotis imogene

Thomas’s Big-eared Bat Pharotis imogene Critically Endangered Locations: Papua New Guinea Almost nothing is known about the ecology of Thomas’s Big Eared Bat, however given their long ears and rudimentary noseleaf they are likely to be similar in ecology to Nyctophilus, using passive listening and low amplitude broadband echolocation calls to glean insects from vegetation.Continue reading “Thomas’s Big-eared Bat Pharotis imogene”

Black Dorcopsis Dorcopsis atrata

Black Dorcopsis Dorcopsis atrata Critically Endangered Locations: Papua New Guinea The Black Dorcopsis is a macropod that is restricted to montane tropical oak forests with little herbaceous growth, but with a ground cover thick with ferns, mosses, and lichens. The female is believed to give birth to a single young. The species comes down seasonallyContinue reading “Black Dorcopsis Dorcopsis atrata”

Black-spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus rufoniger

Black-spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus rufoniger Endangered Locations: West Papua (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea The Black Spotted Cuscus prefers primary lowland and lower-montane tropical forests. They are also less commonly found in secondary forest. They are most likely to be nocturnal (L. Salas pers. comm.). This species is threatened by preferential hunting by local people forContinue reading “Black-spotted Cuscus Spilocuscus rufoniger”

Papua New Guinea & West Papua: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

As the rainforest habitats are destroyed in Indonesia, Indonesian and Chinese oil palm processing companies are switching focus towards Papua New Guinea, Africa and South America to keep up with demand for palm oil.

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis Endangered Indonesia (Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Thailand The Agile Gibbon occurs at highest densities in dipterocarp-dominated forests, but their known habitat ranges from swamp and lowland forests to hill, submontane, and montane forests (O’Brien et al. 2004; Yanuar 2009). Additionally, populations in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra do notContinue reading “Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis”

Bornean Rainbow Toad Ansonia latidisca

Bornean Rainbow Toad Ansonia latidisca Endangered Indonesia (Kalimantan); Malaysia (Sarawak) The Bornean Rainbow Toad lives in primary, hilly montane rainforest. Individuals are entirely arboreal, except juveniles that have been found near permanent streams. They are speculated that this species spawns in streams and have torrent-adapted tadpoles. If they are similar to other members of its genus,Continue reading “Bornean Rainbow Toad Ansonia latidisca”