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Tree-kangaroos

Lucky you are if you come across a tree-kangaroo in the forest and actually get to see it! Often, the only evidence of a tree-kangaroo's presence is the sudden crash of leaves and branches followed by a thud as the very shy tree-kangaroo jumps from its lofty hiding spot and flees into the bush. Some tree-kangaroo sightings are simply that of a long, brown furry tail disappearing into the undergrowth. Or a small brown lump high in the treetops.

The Wet Tropics is home to Lumholtz's and Bennett's tree-kangaroos. Both stand no more than 60cm tall, but their tails are almost a metre long. They spend most of their time in the tree canopy feeding on leaves and fruits.

 

Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo

Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) occurs mostly at high altitudes between Kirrama in the southern Wet Tropics to the Daintree River in the northern Wet Tropics. A generally solitary animal, small groups of up to four can sometimes be seen. A single young is produced and there appears to be no specific breeding season. It is nocturnal and spends the day crouched on a branch, sleeping.

 

Bennett's tree-kangaroo

A little larger than Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo is Bennett's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus). It resides at high and low altitudes north of the Daintree River in an area of only about 70km by 50km.

 

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