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Scientific Name: 
Dendrolagus goodfellowi
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Diprotodontia
Family: 
Macropodidae
Genus: 
Dendrolagus
Species: 
goodfellowi
Status: 
Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Life Span: 8 years in wild, and14 in captivity.

Size: Body: 55-64cms; Tail: 58-76cms

Weight: 6-10kgs

Fun Facts

Number of Species: There is some contention over the number of different species of Tree Kangaroo. Some experts suggest 14, however Tim Flannery described 10 species in 1996 and that seem to be the most accepted classification.

Built for Climbing: They have shorter, broader feet than ground kangaroos, with padded soles and sharp, curved claws to help them climb. Their long tails provide balance when jumping from branch to branch.

Each individual has a unique pattern of brown and gold stripes on its tail.

Leaps & Bounds: Tree Kangaroos can bound as far as 9 metres downwards to a neighbouring tree and leap down to the ground from as high as 18 metres. 

Distribution Map: 

The Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo is distinctively different to terrestrial kangaroos, in that it is bold and agile in trees, and clumsy on the land. This mammal is not native to Australia, and has been classified as Endangered. 

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo we have 2 Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos: a male named Parum and a female named Salsa. Parum came from Melbourne Zoo. His favourite treat in the world is hibiscus flowers! He is extremely friendly with the people he knows. If he does not get his reward quickly enough when he is being trained, he will help himself to the food pouch. (Quoted from ‘Life is a Zoo’ book)

Salsaalso enjoys hibiscus flowers, as well as cheese and boiled egg. She has a much more timid personality than Parum.

In the past they have received Christmas tree shaped watermelon pieces as Christmas presents, which they found very tasty!

Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2008