Northern Common Cuscus, Phalanger orientalis

The northern common cuscus (Phalanger orientalis), or the grey cuscus, is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in many areas including New Guinea, islands of Timor, and the Bismarck Archipelago, among many other areas. This species prefers a habitat within disturbed areas like gardens, plantations, and secondary forests, but it also occurs in tropical primary forests. It prefers to reside on the ground and typically reproduces two young during each breeding season.

The northern common cuscus occurs in large numbers across its range, although it is slightly threatened by hunting and the pet trade. It has no major threats and appears in many protected areas. It is listed on CITES in Appendix II and appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Northern Common Cuscus. Credit: Shyamal/Wikipedia