Matschie's tree-kangaroo

Matschie’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) is a species of tree-kangaroo endemic to Papua New Guinea. Here’s a description of its distribution within the country:

  1. Papua New Guinea: Matschie’s tree-kangaroos are found primarily in the mountainous regions of Papua New Guinea, particularly in the Huon Peninsula and the Finisterre Range. They inhabit montane and cloud forests at elevations ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 meters (3,280 to 9,840 feet).

Matschie’s tree-kangaroo is known for its unique adaptation to an arboreal lifestyle, with strong forelimbs and hindlimbs for climbing and leaping between trees. They have a thick, woolly coat that provides insulation in the cool mountain environment. Their diet consists mainly of leaves, fruits, and flowers found in the forest canopy.

Despite being native to Papua New Guinea, Matschie’s tree-kangaroos face threats from habitat loss due to deforestation, logging, and human encroachment. Additionally, they are sometimes hunted for their meat and fur by local communities. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their remaining habitats and raise awareness about the importance of preserving this endangered species. This includes the establishment of protected areas and community-based conservation initiatives aimed at reducing human impacts on their habitat.

Matschie's tree-kangaroo in Zoos

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