Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lumholtz's tree kangaroos: a primer

  • Lumholtz's tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) is one of two species of tree-climbing kangaroos in Australia
  • It is restricted to rainforests of the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland
  • It is mostly found in upland forests, especially those of the Atherton Tablelands
  • Its main habitat — Mabi rainforest — is endangered
  • Tree kangaroos feed mostly on leaves, but will also eat flowers and fruit.
  • Lumholtz's tree kangaroo is classified as rare under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992
  • Although they are tree-dwellers, they will come to the ground to move between trees or between forest patches
  • Young tree kangaroos may travel across cleared land to establish their own territories
  • When on the ground, tree kangaroos are vulnerable to dog attacks
  • Many tree kangaroos are killed when they cross roads
  • Adult tree kangaroos are so strongly attached to their home territories that they do not move away when their rainforest patches are cleared. This leaves them vulnerable to starvation and dog attack.
  • Lumholtz's tree kangaroo was the official mascot of the former Eacham Shire

Find out more about this wonderful animal at the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group website.

1 comment:

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I was living in Australia near to the forest so I used to see kangaroos since I woke up they are so beautiful.