At seven months old, Banz recently started popping his golden head out of mum, Doba’s pouch. In the next few months he will start testing his wobbly arboreal legs, exploring the branches of his boardwalk exhibit.
The birth of Banz is a conservation win for this unique marsupial and Perth Zoo. One day he will follow in the furry footsteps of his siblings, moving onto other zoos to play a very important role in the global breeding program.
Here are just five reasons why Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos are so amazing:
Living Life Up High
Unlike kangaroos in Australia, tree kangaroos live high in the canopies of their tropical rainforest habitats. They have powerful limbs and rubbery soles to help them grip branches and climb trees!
One small step for man, one giant leap for tree kangaroos. Their long tails help them balance, allowing them to jump safely to the ground from more than nine metres…that’s the average height of two giraffes!
While the rest of us have had to adjust to social distancing, the elusive tree kangaroo appreciates their own space. Adult tree roos live a solitary life, territorial of their home range and unlikely to welcome any visitors…unless it’s a good match for mating season.
The Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo is undeniably adorable. Seriously, just look at them!
Threatened by habitat destruction and hunting, the endangered Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo need our help to survive. Thanks to your generous donations, we work beyond our borders supporting Tenkile Conservation Alliance in Papua New Guinea. They engage and educate local village communities to turn hunters into protectors.