Ursine Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus ursinus

The ursine tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus ursinus) is a marsupial that is native to the Vogelkop. It is also thought to occur natively in Indonesia, the Fak-fak peninsulas, and West Papua. This species prefers a habitat in uninhabited areas, in montane lowland forests. The major threats to this tree-kangaroo include hunting for food purposes and habitat loss, which has severely affected the natural habitat of the species. It does occur in one protected area and is listed in Appendix II of CITES. More research is needed about its habits, threats, population numbers, and range before conservation efforts can be successful. The ursine tree-kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: Ursine Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus ursinus. Credit: John Gould/Wikipedia