Healesville Sanctuary

Tree Kangaroo

These extraordinary animals delight visitors to the Sanctuary.

Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are classed as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’), with numbers in the wild decreasing. Threats include hunting and loss of habitat as humans move into tree kangaroos’ traditional environments.  In Papua New Guinea there have been widespread declines of most species of tree kangaroos.

Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroos are mostly brown in colour with golden yellow limbs, a long mottled golden yellow and brown tail and two golden yellow dorsal stripes. They are found in Papua New Guinea from Alotau through the Central Cordillera and into the West Papuan border.

Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroos are primarily browsing herbivores, but can be considered omnivores, occasionally consuming small birds and eggs. 

Tapini eating

Vale Tapini

Healesville Sanctuary’s Veterinarians and Keepers made the sad decision today to euthanise Tapini, our Tree-kangaroo. Tapini was 18 years old, and was diagnosed with arthritis in January 2012. She had been receiving medications to manage her comfort and mobility.

26 June 2014
Did you know?
  • Tree kangaroos can leap to the ground from heights of up to 18 metres or even more, without injury
  • Tree kangaroos are only found in Papua New Guinea (six species), Irian Jaya (two species) and Australia (two species)
  • Tree kangaroos live mainly in mountainous rainforest areas
  • Dendrolagus, the name given to tree-kangaroo genus, is derived from two Greek words, dendron (tree) and lagos (hare)