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Golden-Mantled Tree Kangaroo
Transcript of Golden-Mantled Tree Kangaroo
Papua New Guinea
These tree kangaroos live in the Montane Forests, which are Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests (Rain Forest)
Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo's Diet consists of fruits and flowers found in the canopy, grains, leaves, sap, eggs, and bark.
They do not have much competition in their habitat, only if there are other animals with the same exact diet as them.
There is no competition for the tree kangaroos except other animals that may retain energy from the same sources.
Predators of the Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo are domestic dogs, human hunters, and potentially the New Guinea Harpy Eagle
They jump from tree to tree and to the ground. Even a 60 foot jump is unharmful to them.
The Golden-Mantled Tree Kangaroo
Grace, Tanya, Scott, Zeynul
Short, chestnut brown coat
Pale belly and yellowish neck
Double yellow stripe down the back
Long tail with pale rings
The indigenous people of the island have traditionally hunted tree kangaroo for food. Often, domestic dogs are utilized to hunt them down.
As well as being over hunted, the tree kangaroos suffer from severe habitat loss. Forest has quickly been converted to farm land. Deforestation has made room for oil palm and other crops.
When was it declared endangered?
In 1996 = endangered
2008 = critically endangered
Declined at a rate of 80% the past 3 generations
Is predicted to decline another 80% over the next 3 generations
30 years ago, there were approximately 1,250 in the wild.
Today, there are 250 or less.
In the next 10 years, there could be approximately 62.5 left in the wild
WWF is working to reduce both habitat loss and combat hunting
WWF reduces logging by supporting Forest Stewardship Council approved wood and wood products
This group also creates protected areas for tree kangaroos to live in
WWF also partners with TRAFFIC, which monitors trade, reduces illegal hunting, and spreads awareness about poaching
Are these measures working?
There is still a lot to learn about the golden-mantled tree kangaroo, as they are a relatively newly discovered species
As far as their role in ecosystems, most experts suspect that their diet of plants means they keep vegetation in check
Every piece of an ecosystem is important, and we need to observe tree kangaroos more
Unfortunately, they are dying off
Why should we be concerned?
Biodiversity is incredibly important
By learning more about tree kangaroos, we could potentially solve other problems
Learning more about them could lead to medical advancements, developments in future resources, etc.
What does the future look like?
...better but still at risk
By working with the community, over 150,000 acres have been set aside for Papua New Guinea wildlife on the Huon Peninsula
In 2005, decided none of this land would be used for logging, mining, or hunting
Many hunters have agreed to leave tree kangaroos alone
Scientists must continue to develop relationships with the community for their to be any hope for this species
IUNC Red List reports its population trend is still decreasing
There is no current population count
It is now extirpated (locally extinct) from many of its previous habitat areas