5 cool facts about the tree kangaroo

They look like the cutest stuffed toys and live on trees. Yes, these kangaroos are very different from their terrestrial cousins. Here are 5 amazing tree kangaroo facts you need to know.

Some basic tree kangaroo facts:

  • it's a genus consisting of more than 10 species;
  • they are found in New Guinea, Indonesia, and Northern Eastern Australia;
  • they are the only true macropods living on trees;
  • in the wild, they feed on leaves, nuts and tree bark.

They are also in danger now because of unregulated hunting and habitat loss. As people continue to destroy forest for crop production, more and more tree kangaroos are left without hiding places. This exposes them to many predators, such as domestic and wild dogs.

Many animals face such problems now – you can learn their names with this trivia quiz.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Cheryl McMeekin
Very interesting, hadn't heard of a tree kangaroo before now. We need to protect all wildlife from Extinction!!!
Apr 16, 2020 8:37AM
David Smith
beautiful animals hope they will still be around for future generations.
Jun 27, 2023 10:58PM
Marvin Plummer
cuteness overload!!
Nov 23, 2022 5:23PM
Doris Dallaire
They are so adorable. Hopefully they can be saved from extinction.
Oct 8, 2022 10:50PM
Julie Allen
Lynne Cage, The hunting part is in New Guinea.
Oct 28, 2021 9:01PM
Julie Domaille
I have lived this long without ever knowing there are tree kangaroos? I blame David Attenborough 🤑
Oct 4, 2020 5:44PM
Joy Holbrook
More of these please.
Apr 16, 2020 5:44PM
Lynne Cage, I pray that the horrible fires you all had did not include these darling animals! I know there was a terrible loss of wild life! Watching the news made my heart break! 😢😢
Apr 16, 2020 11:24AM
Julie Allen
DIVER DEAN, I don't think native people of New Guinea qualify as red-neck cretins and they would be the people who hunt tree kangaroos for food
Apr 16, 2020 2:23AM
Carol Butler
Australia's wildlife is like that of nowhere else on earth.
Apr 16, 2020 1:57AM
Linalinda Eichin
Good to know thanks for sharing 🍒
Apr 16, 2020 1:02AM
Jim Adams
They spend most of their lives on tree tops? Wow! I was wondering why they were call tree kangaroos.....NOT!!!!
Apr 15, 2020 11:09PM
Had no idea! Never heard of them before! How cute! 💛😊 Interesting info! Thank you!
Apr 15, 2020 10:24PM
L Lh Adams
Muddy Anthony Waters, No hunting there except for maybe with a boomerang.
Apr 15, 2020 9:32PM
Jacqueline Tattam
Muddy Anthony Waters, protected or not, landclearing is a major cause of habitat loss in Australia.
Apr 15, 2020 9:04PM


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