Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo

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    Learn About Tree Kangaroos

    Scientific Name: Dendrolagus ursinus

    Tree-kangaroos are macropods adapted for life in trees. They are found in the rainforests of New Guinea, far northeastern Queensland, and nearby islands, usually in mountainous areas. Although most are found in mountainous areas, several species also occur in lowlands, such as the aptly named Lowlands Tree-kangaroo.

    It is understood that tree-kangaroos evolved from creatures similar to modern kangaroos and wallabies, as they retain many standard macropod adaptations to life in the plains—notably the massive hind legs and long, narrow feet which allow orthodox macropods to travel fast and economically on the ground. Tree-kangaroos have developed exceptionally long tails for balance, and stronger forelimbs for climbing. The feet are shorter and wider, they have longer claws on all feet, and rubbery soles for better grip.
    The ancestors of all kangaroos are believed to have been small arboreal marsupials that looked like some of Australia's present-day possums. The earliest macropods diverged from this line when they descended to the ground and evolved bodies adapted for rapid motion over the earth and rocks. Why the ancestors of the tree-kangaroos returned to the trees is not known.

    Anatomy
    Tree-kangaroos are slow and clumsy on the ground. They move at about walking pace and hop awkwardly, leaning their body far forward to balance the heavy tail. But in trees they are bold and agile. They climb by wrapping the forelimbs around the trunk of a tree and hopping with the powerful hind legs, allowing the forelimbs to slide. They are expert leapers; 9-metre (29.5 feet) downward jumps from one tree to another have been recorded, and they have the extraordinary ability to jump to the ground from 18 metres (59.0 feet) or more without being hurt.

    Diet
    Tree-kangaroos feed mostly on leaves and fruit, taken both in trees and on the ground, but other foods are eaten when available, including grain, flowers, sap, bark, eggs and young birds. Their teeth are adapted for tearing leaves rather than cutting grass. They have large stomachs that function as fermentation vats in a manner similar to those of eutherian ruminant herbivores, in which bacteria break down fibrous leaves and grasses. Although the arrangement of the stomach compartments in kangaroos is quite different than eutherian ruminants, the end result is similar.

    Tree Kangaroo on Wikipedia

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    1. Bydand! 63 months ago | reply

      1.Focus/DOF- 9/10

      2.Composition/Angle- 7/10 I agre with Charm, there's too much of the tree on the right

      3. Color/Contrast- Colours on the animal are outstanding, but once again, the tree adds too much bland colours

      4.Impact-(how much it affects the viewer)- Beautiful. Looks like he's about to pounce like a cat.

      5.Overall quality-(noise, over or under exposure)- 8/10

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    2. {John T} 63 months ago | reply

      I have never seen anything like this before. Very cool. :-)

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    3. julioc. 63 months ago | reply

      The eyes are perfectly focused. Great capture.


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    4. cmoreno001 63 months ago | reply


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    5. traceyconsolo. 63 months ago | reply

      what gorgeous color..wow.. great pic!

    6. Karen Blakely 59 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!

    7. Dee Lopes 55 months ago | reply

      what a beautiful animal! óo

    8. lunamom58 38 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot...what intense eyes!

    9. Ivan . 37 months ago | reply

      Great information .. really thank you.

    10. Temari 09 29 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your cool image with a CC license.

    11. garlandcannon 29 months ago | reply

      Thank you :)

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    12. Luke Lavin 29 months ago | reply

      I popped your kangaroo's head into this other scene. Hope you enjoy!
      an interspecies love affair

    13. Jeanne Masar 29 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your beautiful photo.

      Drangaroo

    14. Kim~Smith 29 months ago | reply

      Thank you. He definitely has an menacing look on his face ; )
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    15. Temari 09 29 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your cool Roo.

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    16. Mario in arte Akeu 29 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing!

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    17. ihave3kids 6 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your kangaroo!
      The Cam-garoo

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