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, Kitawa and Kiri are mother and son. Kiri was born in April 2020 and is one of only two tree kangaroo joeys to have been bred successfully in captivity in the UK during the past 12 months.
Tree kangaroos are Endangered in the wild and so Kiri's arrival was a huge boost for the captive breeding programme for this species.
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.
Tree kangaroos have a good sense of smell which they use for sniffing out leaves, buds and fruits.
Most tree kangaroos live in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and some live in northern Queensland, Australia.
Our inhabitants are part of a managed European breeding programme for the species. The successful birth of our joey Kiri 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.
The tail of each tree kangaroo has a unique pattern.
You can find our Goodfellow's tree kangaroos near the Herbaceous Border, opposite the Conservation Education Centre.
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