Tree Kangaroo

April 27, 2012 § 4 Comments

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 Tree Kangaroos are found only in the rainforests of Australia, West Papua and Papua New Guinea. They are on the endangered list because of the constant destruction of their homes. They live in mountains cloud forests at elevations of up to 11,000 feet and spend most of their life in trees. They are Herbivores and primarily eat tree leaves but also consume flowers, grass shoots, ferns, moss and bark.

 Female Kangaroos give birth to usually 1 offspring at a time after a period of about 44 days of being pregnant. The young Kangaroos are known as “Joeys”.  The Joeys craws into the mothers pouch where it nurses. The Joey remains there for about 8-10 months while the mother protects, cleans and grooms her baby. The Joey continues to feed inside the pouch for 1-2 months after the baby leaves the pouch. They are weaned at approximately 13 months old. They leave their mothers and establish a home range at around 18 months old.

 Little information is known about the social interactions between Tree Kangaroos. It is believed that they are fairly solitary animals. Scientists believe that they are polygamous and that the males interact with several different females. The females are very independent and the only strong bonds are between mother and Joey. 

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