Matschie's tree kangaroo
At the Detroit Zoo
Male A.J. (born in 2002) arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2008, joined in 2012 by female Wantok (born in 2001). The pair can be spotted in the treetops in their Asian Forest habitat south of the Arctic Cafe.
The Matschie’s tree kangaroo has a small, stocky body with powerful limbs, short, broad feet, padded soles and curled claws and a long thick tail which help it to climb. Its fur is thick and dense with colorful patterns. The back can be red to mahogany-brown in color, and the face, limbs and underside are yellow.
Scientific name: Dendrolagus matschiei
Continent: Asia, only in Papua New Guinea
Habitat: Mountainous tropical rainforests and deciduous forests
Size: 1-3 feet long
Weight: 13-28 pounds
Diet: The Matschie's tree kangaroo is omnivorous, eating leaves, wild fruits, nuts, bark, sap, insects and bird eggs.
Reproduction: Gestation 39 to 45 days; single joey
Lifespan: 12 years
Conservation Status: Endangered; threatened by habitat loss from mining, logging and oil operations as well as hunting from native groups of New Guinea. Conservation efforts are mainly occurring in captive-breeding programs.