Zoo Animals

A tree Kangaroo, close-up
A tree Kangaroo on a tree branch

Matschie’s tree kangaroo

Dendrolagus matschiei

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). Although Matschie’s tree kangaroos are mostly found in the treetops, A.J. also seems to enjoy being on the ground. He can sometimes be found scent marking by rubbing his chest against objects in the habitat. The pair can be spotted in their 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.

Fun Facts

  • A Matschie’s tree kangaroo can leap from 30 feet in the air without getting hurt.