Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, Dendrolagus bennettianus
Bennett’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus) can be found in Australia. Its range extends from Cooktown Queensland in the south to the Daintree River. This area is small and contains lowland and tropical rainforests. Bennett’s tree kangaroo is rarely seen, so there is little known about its habits. It consumes vegetation like vines, ferns, wild fruits, and leaves, especially those of the umbrella tree.
Bennett’s tree-kangaroo is similar in appearance to other tree-kangaroos, with elongated forelimbs and shortened hind limbs. Its back fur is dark brown, while the underbelly, neck, and chin are light tan in color. The mouth and forehead are grey in color while the feet and hands are black. The tail is also distinctly colored, with a dark patch of fur at the base and a lighter patch of fur at the tip.
It is thought that the population numbers of Bennett’s tree-kangaroo are increasing, because sightings are becoming more common. One individual was found dead by a road outside of Cooktown in 2006. The increase is most likely due to a decrease in hunting by Aboriginal people and the legal protection of its habitat by World Heritage legislature. Despite the increase in population numbers, Bennett’s tree-kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened.”
Image Caption: Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo. Credit: Joseph Smit/Wikipedia