To celebrate World Tree Kangaroo Day on 21 May, here’s a glimpse into the work we do to save this endangered species!

This includes being part of a GLOBAL breeding program, as well as funding vital work in PNG which has seen tree kangaroo hunters become protectors!

Perth Zoo is home to three Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos, females Kaluli and Doba, and male Huli.


As part of the globally coordinated breeding program, we are proud to have successfully bred 4 Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo joeys, bringing adorable and genetically diverse little tree roos into the program.
Descendants of Perth Zoo’s tree kangaroos are now living all over the globe – as far as Europe and the UK!
But peek behind the curtains of these adorable breeding successes, and you’ll find our keepers pouring hours and hours of time and dedication into important training programs to set our animals up for success.  
Meet Perth Zoo Australian Fauna Keeper, Karis Tyson. She conducts regular training programs with our tree kangaroos as part of their on-going health care and enrichment programs.

“This training is a really great way for us keepers to get up close to the tree kangaroos and develop a strong, trusting bond with them,” Karis said.
“We are able to feel their body condition and even get a glimpse into the female’s pouches to check for young.
“This positive reinforcement training means our interactions are always stress-free, and tree kangaroos are rewarded with some of their favourite foods!”

Since 2006, we’ve been proudly partnered with the Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA). This Papua New Guinea based organisation works to protect natural habitats and provide alternate food sources for local communities. 

Thanks to generous WA community donations, Perth Zoo has been able to fund projects that help create more sustainable villages, which reduces the impact on surrounding ecosystems and supports the long-term rehabilitation of the environment. 

Perth Zoo funded the roll-out of household solar units and street lighting for a TCA base. This was then expanded to provide an energy source and lighting for villages within the Tenkile Mountain Range that participate in tree kangaroo protection. 

Ultimately, this lighting allows for more work to be done around the villages in the evenings, and importantly, reduces the need to harvest tree kangaroo habitat timber for fire.  

But some of the most heart-warming news to come from this project? Sightings of two species of tree kangaroos, the Tenkile and Weimang, are becoming more frequent! That means the species distribution is considered to be on the rise. 

With the support of the public, we can continue to support local communities, restore ecosystems and save species from extinction. Tree Kangaroo-lovers can make a donation here.