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Tree Kangaroo


This particular animal was kept as a pet by the local Papuans. It seems they eat the Kangaroos when they get bigger :(

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AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Scott for the links.
I was not able to find online any other pictures of kangaroos/marsupials from Papua that I can identify it to my picture.
I do agree that not all local information are reliable. I am definitely sure that the animal doesn't comes from the Island, that's when they told me its from the mainland Nabire and I asked the Resort Manager if he has any information about it which he thinks its also from mainland Nabire or nearby areas.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 5 years ago

Thanks Albert. Well this has really piqued my interest and so I've researched further, for my own "edification". I looked at 13 species/subspecies of tree kangaroo (kanguru pohon) and there is not one with a range close to Nabire (or its offshore islands). The four species with the "closest" range do not resemble your specimen. Here's the first from my own collection http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/689... (and remember check out those fore claws). Another species is here http://www.arkive.org/black-tree-kangaro... the third species here http://www.arkive.org/dingiso/dendrolagu... and the fourth species here http://www.planet-mammiferes.org/drupal/... I know from experience that local information isn't always infallible (having chased many "red herrings" around Papua and elsewhere). I'll leave it at that. Cheers :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Good link KD. That one certainly looks similar.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Yes not very good feet for tree climbing and it looks quite thin :(

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @Scott for the info.
I couldn't be sure what is the exact specie this animal is and unfortunately, I didn't take too many pictures of it since it is in captivity :(
However, I was able to communicate with the owner of this animal in Bahasa Indonesia and she told me that this animal does climb trees and they just refer to it as 'kangaroo pokok' in Bahasa Indonesia. They caught it on the mainland of West Papua, near Nabire specifically.

Yes, @kdpicturemaker. It is unfortunate sometimes rare species are still hunted for consumption by locals. Sometimes, can't blame them as they are mostly not so educated.

kdpicturemaker 5 years ago

It is a sad end to a beautiful creature - although I undertstand people also eat what they do in other cultures. I found a news story on a similar looking animal that might be of interest on the website called L.A. Unleashed latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/kangaroos-wallabies/page/2/
It mentions rare rainforest dwelling small kangaroo type animals from New Guinea but gives no other detail on the species, being smuggled out. Hope that is helpful in some way.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 5 years ago

I wonder if this is a pademelon (Thylogale sp.) or a forest wallaby (Dorcopsis sp.) rather than a tree kangaroo. The tree kangaroo species I'm familiar with are more wooly and robust (albeit your specimen one looks somewhat undernourished). Here's a link with all of the tree kangaroo species from Papua http://www.papuaweb.org/gb/ref/flannery-... In addition, the feet of a tree kangaroo have large front claws even on the young ones (see http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012/08... and http://snailseyeview.blogspot.com/2010_0... ). On the other hand compare this pademelon's fore paws with your spotting's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pademe... I just wish I could see the tail on yours.

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Papua, Indonesia

Lat: -3.09, Long: 135.57

Spotted on Nov 4, 2012
Submitted on Dec 18, 2013

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