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  • English name
    Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo
  • ClassificationMarsupialia, Macropodidae
  • Scientific nameDendrolagus Goodfellowi

Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo
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The Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo is unusual because it lives in the treetops! But the safe living space is disappearing because more and more forests are being cut down and cleared.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 57.4-62.5cm
Tail length: 64.5-76cm
Weight: 6.7-9.1kg

(Source: Shinsekai Zetsumetsukiki Doubutsu Zukan* (Library Edition) Gakken) (*Illustrated Encyclopedia of New World Endangered Animals)

Where they live

Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos only live on the New Guinea Island.

What they eat

Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos like to eat tree leaves and fruit.

What they are like

Unlike typical kangaroos, Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos have very sharp and large nails. These nails come in handy when it comes to tree climbing!

Find out more about the Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo!

Safe living places in treetops are disappearing.
Unlike other kangaroos, Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos like to stay in the treetops rather than hopping around on the ground. They choose to live in the treetops to protect themselves from enemies on the ground. The New Guinea Island used to be rich in nature but as it became the major exporter of lumbers and minerals, the forests were destroyed by the human. The more and more safe places to live for Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos are now disappearing.

Changing the lifestyle for fear of people?!
To make the matters worse, roads have been extended to the middle of a forest. It has made Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos an easy prey for hunters who go after their meat. They are usually active in the morning and evening but those who live in the area where there are many people have become nocturnal. Once they chose to live in the treetops to protect themselves from the enemies; maybe now they have changed their lifestyle for fear of human, their new enemies.

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