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). Although tree kangaroos are mostly found in the treetops, A.J. also enjoys being on the ground. He is inquisitive and can sometimes be found scent marking by rubbing his chest against objects in the habitat. Wantok is shy and quiet, unlike her male companion. The pair can be spotted in their American Grasslands 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; up to 27 years in captivity
Conservation Status: Endangered
A Matschie’s tree kangaroo can leap from 30 feet in the air without getting hurt.