The Matschie’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) is an incredibly rare species of kangaroo found only in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. The animals are members of a unique and uncommon genus of macropods that climb and live in trees. Instead of the powerful hind legs that give the more common ground-dwelling kangaroos their signature hop, tree kangaroos have thick, padded paws that allow them to safely fall up to 60 feet from a tree.
In “A Pouch In Need of Protection," Great Big Story gets up close to a Matschie’s tree kangaroo and her adorable joey, explaining the characteristics that make the species distinctive among kangaroos—and how their habitat is being destroyed. Check it out above.
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