THE ENDANGERED TREE KANGAROO

Physical features

The tree kangaroo is a marsupial with a pale stomach and a double stripe of gold down its cheastnut-brown back.  They have short legs, all of them about the same length. They also have very strong forelimbs.   The length of the body, on average, is usually 41-77 cenimeters and the tail can even reach up to 87 cenimeters. Their weight can get up to 14.5 kilograms. 

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Diprotodontia, Family: Macropodidae, Genus: Dendrolagus, Species: D. matschie. The scientific name for the tree kangaroo is Dendrolagus matschiei.

Habbitat

The tree kangaroo lives in lowlands and mountanous rainforests in Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the far north of Queenland, Australia. 

Diet

The kangaroo has a large stomach and eats mostly leaves and fuit but it also eats, grains, flowers, sap, eggs, young birds, and bark. Their digestive system is similar to a cow's. Kangaroos drink very little water because they can get most of the water they need by eating green plants.   Some can even go without water for two or three months.

Threats

The thing that mostly threatens the tree kangaroo is people hunting it for food and they sometimes even use dogs to track them down.  Another thing that threatens it is its habitat being destroyed and removed for logging and timber production. The loss of habitat exposes them to large domestic dogs.

What we can do to help

We, as students, could make posters and things as such and hang them up to make people aware of what is going on. We could also pray that God would open up the hearts of the people killing these animals. What could be done is, since there is only about 50 left, zoos take in some of this 50 and reproduce more than release them into the wild.
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