Doria’s Tree Kangaroo, Dendrolagus dorianus

Doria’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus dorianus) is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea. It prefers a habitat within montane forests, at elevations between 1,968 and 11,975 feet. The species was given its scientific name by Edward Pierson Ramsay in 1883, in honor of Giacomo Doria. It is one of the largest species in its genus, reaching an average body length between 1.6 and 2.5 feet, with an average tail length between 1.4 and 2.1 feet. Its body is typically dark brown in color, while its tail is lighter brown or cream in color. The ears are small and black, resembling bear’s ears, and the body also resembles a bear in that it is stout.

This species is typically solitary and active throughout the night. Its pregnancy period lasts for about thirty days, after which one joey is born within it mother’s pouch, where it will remain for up to ten months.  The diet of Doria’s tree-kangaroo consists of plant materials like fruits, leaves, flowers, and buds. It is threatened by hunting and habitat loss due to logging and deforestation. Doria’s tree-kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: Macropodidae – Dendrolagus dorianus from New Guinea. Credit: Hectonichus/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)