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Goodfellow's tree kangaroo Yes, they are kangaroos that live in trees!
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Type mammal
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Head to tail 81cm
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Weight 11kg
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Diet herbivore

Goodfellow's tree kangaroo

Dendrolagus goodfellowi
  • Summary

    They come from a land down under. Most tree kangaroos live in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and some live in northern Queensland, Australia.

    Our tree kangaroos are called Kitawa and Mian and they are both two-years-old.

    In April 2020, the pair welcomed a new arrival as Kitawa gave birth to a tiny joey.

    The youngster is one of only two tree kangaroo joeys to have been bred successfully in captivity in the UK during the past 12 months.

    It is hoped that Mian, who came from Perth in Australia, and Kitawa from Beauval Zoo in France will breed and help to increase the population of tree kangaroos which are Critically Endangered in the wild.

    In the wild tree kangaroos have adapted to life in the trees, with shorter legs and stronger forelimbs for climbing. They have been described as a looking like a cross between a kangaroo and a lemur.

    The have reddish brown fur for camouflage, long rounded claws and rough gripping skin on their feet for climbing, as well as strong legs.

  • Dietary

    Tree kangaroos have a good sense of smell which they use for sniffing out leaves, buds and fruits.

  • Habitat

    Most tree kangaroos live in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and some live in northern Queensland, Australia.

    Animal Habitat Range
  • Conservation

    Our new inhabitants are part of a managed European breeding programme for the species. The successful birth of their joey in April 2020 was a fantastic boost to numbers of this rare species in captivity.

    In the wild tree kangaroos have suffered from hunting and a loss of habitat. At least one species is close to becoming extinct. Another, the Dingiso tree kangaroo, has seen its population fall by more than 80 per cent during the past 30 years. Many of the areas where they used to live have been lost to logging or timber production or used to grow wheat, rice and coffee plants. This loss of habitat can also leave tree kangaroos prey to domestic dogs.

  • Did you know...

    The tail of each tree kangaroo has a unique pattern.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our Goodfellow's tree kangaroos near the Herbaceous Border, opposite the Conservation Education Centre.

    Bristol Zoo Gardens Map

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