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Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo
Dendrolagus goodfellowi

What Are They Like?

Built for climbing trees, Goodfellow's tree kangaroo looks quite different from its terrestrial cousins. The body measures about 22-30 inches (56-76 cm) in length, and the tail is 28-33 inches (71-84 centimeters) long. Goodfellow's tree kangaroos weigh about 15 pounds (7 kilograms). They have wooly fur that is chestnut or reddish brown, with light gray faces and yellow-colored feet and cheeks. Equipped with strong forearms and sharp claws, they can easily scale trees in the rainforest.

Where Do They Live?

Goodfellow's tree kangaroos inhabit the montane tropical forests of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Did You Know?
Unlike those of ground-dwelling kangaroos, the forearms and legs of Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo are almost exactly the same length.

How Are Babies Made?

Females usually give birth to a single offspring. The gestation period lasts approximately 32 days.

What Do They Eat?

The Goodfellow's tree kangaroo feeds on silkwood leaves, rainforest fruits, nuts, flowers, grasses, bark and insects.


What Do They Do?

Up in the trees, Goodfellow's tree kangaroo is remarkably agile. It climbs by grasping the trunk with its strong arms and simultaneously hopping with its back legs. On the ground, this kangaroo has a very awkward and clumsy appearance. Due to its large tail, the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo has to lean forward to keep its balance, and walks at a very slow pace.

How Concerned Should We Be?

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which keeps a "Red List" of species in danger worldwide, lists Goodfellow's tree kangaroo as "endangered." The biggest threats to these kangaroos are overexploitation by hunters and the degradation of their natural habitat, Of which substantial portions have been removed to make way for timber production.

What's Being Done?

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is taking conservation measures to help reduce deforestation caused by illegal logging. WWF is also managing protected areas, and has created programs to raise awareness regarding illegal hunting practices.


2010 Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo Joey at Cleveland's Metropark Zoo

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