Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo

Tree kangaroos are so unusual that when Europeans first encountered them in Australia in 1872, they were sceptical. Who would believe a kangaroo could climb a tree? The Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo is a threatened species found in forests in the Central Cordillera mountain ranges of Papua New Guinea, from sea level to high in theContinue reading “Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo”

Seri’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus stellarum

Seri’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus stellarum Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea; West Papua The Seri’s Tree Kangaroo is a large tree kangaroo that needs primary upper montane tropical forests. This species is threatened by heavy hunting pressure, this includes hunting with dogs (trophy jaws were still very much in evidence in 2000; T. Flannery pers. comm.Continue reading “Seri’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus stellarum”

Doria’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus dorianus

Doria’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus dorianus Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Doria’s Tree Kangaroo is restricted to mossy mid to upper primary montane tropical forest. This species is threatened by heavy hunting for food with dogs by local people. Increased hunting pressure is probably due to improved road access associated with the Papua New GuineaContinue reading “Doria’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus dorianus”

Lowlands Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus spadix

Lowlands Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus spadix Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Lowlands Tree Kangaroo is found in lowland tropical forests where they are associated with karst habitats. Little more is known about the natural history of this species. The Lowlands Tree Kangaroo is hunted for food locally, but this may not have been a significantContinue reading “Lowlands Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus spadix”

Eastern Long-beaked Echidna Zaglossus bartoni

Eastern Long-beaked Echidna Zaglossus bartoni Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Eastern Long-beaked Echidna have a large altitudinal range and correspondingly broad ecological scope. Across their entire range they have been recorded from near sea level to 4150 metres a.s.l., although regionally their altitudinal range may be more restricted. This echnidna species lives in lowlandContinue reading “Eastern Long-beaked Echidna Zaglossus bartoni”

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.

Ifola Dendrolagus notatus

Ifola Dendrolagus notatus Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea The Ifola is a species of Tree Kangaroo that lives in a restricted area of mossy mid- to upper primary montane tropical forest. After giving birth, they are suspected to have an 18 month dependency period before the female is ready to breed again. Listed as EndangeredContinue reading “Ifola Dendrolagus notatus”

Woodlark Cuscus Phalanger lullulae

The Woodlark Cuscus’ are endangered in #PapuaNewGuinea and live on remote Woodlark island, slated for destruction by a huge #palmoil plantation. Protect these beautiful rare creatures and their home Join the #Boycott4Wildlife in the supermarket

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

Adorable creatures with a teddy-like face and simian looking tail, Huon Tree Kangaroos live in Papua New Guinea. They are classified as endangered due to ongoing destruction of their natural rainforest home for #palmoil and #mining throughout their range. There are estimated to be <2,500 individual kangaroos left alive. Help them every time you shop and #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

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”

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”