Head and body length: about 50 - 75 cm, Tail: about 40 - 70 cm
About 7.5 - 10 kg
Estimated at fewer than 2,500 marure individuals
Montane forests, including cloud forests, in high-elevation areas of the Huon Peninsula of Papau Ne
Why stop hopping? With the help of its long curved claws and a tail ideal for balancing, the Huon tree kangaroo is an exceptional climber. Most active at dawn and dusk, it moves with ease through the forest foraging for leaves and ferns. Although males may mate with multiple females, the do not establish harems and the females remain independent, caring for their offspring themselves. As with their land-based cousins, the tree kangaroo's young crawl into their mothers pouch. But even their mothers cant climb high enough to be truly safe from the twin threats facing the species: habitat loss and hunting.