Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo, Dendrolagus goodfellowi

Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi), also known as the ornate tree-kangaroo, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and along the border of Irian Jaya in Indonesia. This species received its scientific name in honor of Walter Goodfellow, a British zoological collector. This species holds two recognized subspecies, Dendrolagus goodfellowi goodfellowi and Buergers’ tree-kangaroo. Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Endangered.”

Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo can reach an average weight of about fifteen pounds. Its wooly fur is typically copper brown to reddish brown in color, with a pale underbelly. Its face is yellow and grey in color and the long tail is brownish gold. The back holds two gold stripes. Its body is built for climbing, because the species spends most of life within the trees, with shortened limbs and sharp claws on the forepaws. Although it is slow on the ground, it can move about quickly within the trees, and can jump from the ground thirty feet into the trees with ease. The diet of Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo consists mainly of Silkwood tree leaves, but it will also consume flowers, grasses, fruits, cereals. Its digestion is similar to that of a ruminant, with bacteria present in the stomach to help break down the fibrous materials of its diet.

Image Caption: Goodfellow’s Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi). Credit: Timmy Toucan/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)