Grizzled Tree Kangaroo, Dendrolagus inustus

The grizzled tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus inustus) is a marsupial that can be found in western and northern areas of New Guinea. Its range also includes the island of Yapen, and it is thought to possibly occur on Waigeo and Salawati, although this has not been confirmed. It prefers a habitat within mid-montane and lowland tropical forests. It has been found in both primary and secondary forests. This species is rare to encounter, but it is thought to occur in larger numbers in areas where humans are not present.

The main threats to the grizzled tree-kangaroo are habitat loss due to human encroachment and large amounts of hunting. The population found in northern coastal regions of New Guinea is thought to be more threatened than other populations. This species does occur in several protected areas and appears in Appendix II of CITES. In northern coastal areas of New Guinea, where the most threatened population occurs, there is a locally based conservation community that is conducting efforts to conserve many tree-kangaroo species. However, more research is needed before conservation efforts can be conducted in full. The grizzled tree-kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: dendrolagus inustus. Credit: John Gould/Wikipedia