Dusky Pademelon, Thylogale brunii

The dusky pademelon (Thylogale brunii), also known as the dusky wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found on the Kai and Aru islands, Papua New Guinea, and in the Trans Fly savanna and grasslands ecoregion in Papua Province in Indonesia. It prefers a habitat in both arid and tropical savannahs, forests, shrublands, lowlands, and grasslands.

This species was named after its discoverer, Cornelis de Bruijn, and was once commonly known as philander, or “friend of man,” and the Aru Island wallaby. There is not much known about this species, but it does spend its time on land. The only major threat this species faces is hunting, which has wiped out nearly thirty percent of its population over the last fifteen to twenty years. It has become extinct from the southeastern areas of its range because of hunting and it does not occur in any protected areas. Conservation efforts should include monitoring and regulating hunting. The dusky pademelon appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: Thylogale brunii. Credit: John Gould/Wikipedia