What do they look like? Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are brown in colour with two golden stripes running down their back and markings on their tail which are unique amongst individuals. They have short, wide feet for climbing trees. They are able to use all of their limbs independently which enables them to walk backwards. They have a long non-prehensile tail that is used to help balance the animal.
Where do they live? Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are native to Papua New Guinea in the central highlands which is one of the most heavily populated areas of humans in PNG which makes them one of the main targets for hunting. This has caused a drastic decline in their population in the wild and continues to threaten their existence.
What do they eat? Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos eat a variety of leaves and vines which is why they have evolved to climb trees to reach their food source. They will eat seasonal fruit, flowers and bark.
Behaviour: Very little is known of their behaviour in the wild. Once thought to be solitary animals current research has shown that they remain in small family groups. It is generally understood that a male will have a harem of up to 3 females. Home ranges will depend on availability of food.
Reproduction: Females become sexually mature at 2-3 years of age. She comes in to season every 54 days with a gestation period of 44 days. This is the longest gestation period of any marsupial. Females give birth to single young which climb into a forward facing pouch and attach to a teat. Young are considered to be independent at around 18 months – 2 years of age. However the female may already have another young in her pouch at this stage.
Threats: Habitat loss and hunting.
Conservation Status: Endangered.