A special kangaroo among the tree kangaroos is the red tree kangaroo. This species lives only on the Huon Peninsula on the northeastern coast of Poor New Guinea, so it is a very rare animal, and the problem is of course that there are very few of them. Of course, this kangaroo is also designated as an endangered species, so it is strictly protected by the government and conservation organizations.
The red tree kangaroo is endemic to Papua New Guinea. This kangaroo lives only on the Huong Peninsula on the northeast coast.
What is a tree kangaroo?
First I should mention the tree kangaroo. The article below also introduces another species of tree-climbing kangaroo, but the tree-climbing kangaroo belongs to the genus Tree-Climbing in the order Kangaroos, family Kangaruidae. As the name suggests, tree kangaroos are unique among kangaroos and spend their lives climbing trees. Unlike other kangaroos, tree kangaroos have well-developed front legs that allow them to climb trees easily.
The red tree kangaroo is a subspecies of the tree kangaroo. The body length is said to be 90 to 170 cm, and the weight is 7 to 10 kg. Red tree kangaroos are adept at climbing trees and are quite nimble animals that can jump from trees up to 20 meters away. The ears are short and rounded, and the ears are not very well shaped. Red tree kangaroos primarily live in tropical rainforests. This is because there are a lot of trees. Red tree kangaroos spend most of their time in trees and come down to the ground in search of food. These kangaroos tend to live alone and rarely form groups. The number of red tree kangaroos is said to be around 2,000, and the problem is that they are quite small.
Because red tree kangaroos live in trees, they may eat fruits, leaves, bark, and even bird eggs and small insects. This kangaroo often rests and spends about 14 hours sleeping. Reproduction is viviparous. Red tree kangaroos are polygynous, with a gestation period of about 40 days, and each female can give birth to one cub. The cubs spend a little less than a year in the female’s pouch, but are weaned at about 13 months of age, after which they leave their parents and start living on their own.
The red tree kangaroo is a relatively unknown animal because its ecology is not so clear. Due to its rarity, there are very few individuals, which is why it is designated as an endangered species. The red tree kangaroo can only be seen in Papua New Guinea, so it is a very rare kangaroo. The population is estimated to be around 2,000, which is thought to be very small. The reason humans rarely see these kangaroos is that they spend most of their time in the air. If deforestation continues in the future, this kangaroo will soon become extinct.
The red tree kangaroo is a very rare species, so it is almost impossible for the average person to keep one. Red tree kangaroos can be seen in zoos around the world, so all you can do is appreciate them and put up with it.