Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo
Although most visitors to our region think you are pulling their leg when you mention the words Tree Kangaroo, they are a real life becoming quite rare rainforst animal.
On tour we are sometimes luck enough to come accross the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, this is the smaller of the two tree kangaroo species found in Australia and found predominently in the Atherton Tablelands Region.
As their name suggests they are part of the kangaroo family which are marsupials. They are relatively small (dog sized) standing around 45 – 60 cm tall with the males weighing in at around 7 kilograms and the females around 6 kilograms. Tree Kangaroos natural diet is based on leaves, flowers, shoots, bark, eggs and even the occasional small bird.
These amazing animals spend a majority of their life in the tree tops ( Arboreal Animals ). They move effortlessly between trees thanks to thier long tail which provides balance and strength. On the flip side Tree Kangaroos are quite clumsy when on solid ground and try not to spend to much time there.
Socially the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo are quite solitary animals, except when mating and in the long mother – joey ( baby Kangaroo ) relationship. Each Kangaroo maintains a home area and will be hostile towards a member of the same sex to protect their area. So like most animals the male will protect his area and visit the areas of the females in his group for mating.
Sadly the numbe of Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos are declining due to urban growth and a decline in natural habitat. So when you are visiting our beautiful region be sure to jump on board our day tour and cross your fingers that we bump in to one of thes guys throughout the day.