A small tree kangaroo averaging 7.5 kilograms in weight in the wild specimens. Often in captivity, adult males range between 9-14 kilograms and females 9-11 kilograms Eyes are often blue, coat is warm chestnut with distinct double golden stripes of variable size and intensity over the neck and rump. Golden forearms and brown upper- arms. Skin of hands and feet is flesh colored, claws light brown. Each individual has a distinct pattern of rings and blotches on the tail.
Habitat and Distribution
This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea only), where it occurs in the mid-montane oakl forest areas of the Central Cordillera. It may have previously occurred in lowland areas, however, it now appears to be extirpated from this part of its range. It has been recorded from sea level to 2,860 m asl.
IUCN status Endangered. Threats due to hunting for food and deforestation for wood and timber, palm oil and shifting coffee and rice plantations.
Hunting regulations and local awareness programs are the key to ensure the survival of this species.
The Tenkile Conservation Alliance is a non-profit organization promoting public awareness and conservation of tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea.
Exact diet in the wild uncertain, however, Fruit, leaves and flowers consumed. Occasionally eat eggs, small birds and insects.
Breeding and Lifecycle
Estrus is +/- 55 days, gestation period is 44.5 days. Pouch life 8-10 months. Weaning at 15-18 months and lives approx. 20 years in captivity.