Dendrolagus ursinus is a little-known and vulnerable species. Commonly known as the White-Throated Tree Kangaroo or the Vogelkop Tree Kangaroo, D. ursinus was the first tree kangaroo described (1836; Groves, 1982). Dendrolagus ursinus is one of twelve species in the genus. They make their home in the trees on the Vogelkop Peninsula New Guinea. It can be identified by a mostly black body and a streak of white hair that runs up its throat. Its white throat is a key characteristic for identifying this species, hence the common name. They are short footed, with large ears and a shorter tail than other dendrolagids (Groves, 1982). Tree kangaroos are known to be primarily herbivores; they eat leaves, ferns, bark, flowers and fruits (Edwards and Ward, 2001). This species is suffering due to human forces, such as high hunting pressure and deforestation. This has resulted in at least a 30 % decrease in population over the last 30 years (Leary et al, 2008). Populations of this species are now found in remote areas not usually accessed by humans (Leary et al., 2008). Dendrolagus ursinus is a unique species to New Guinea, and is poorly known because of its seclusion and the sparse amount of information that has been collected. Because of human pressures and their unique ecologies, tree kangaroos are the most endangered mammal group in New Guinea (Porolak, 2008).
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Leary, T., Seri, L., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Dickman, C., Aplin, K., Salas, L., Flannery, T. & Bonaccorso, F. 2008. Dendrolagus ursinus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1.
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- Porolak, Gabriel. 2008. Home range of the Huon tree kangaroo, Dendrolagus matschiei, in cloud forest on the Huon peninsula, Papua New Guinea. Masters (Research) Thesis. James Cook University.
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- 1996Data Deficient
- 1994Vulnerable(Groombridge 1994)
The ursine tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus ursinus) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. It is endemic to the Vogelkop and possibly the Fak-fak peninsulas, West Papua, Indonesia. It is threatened by habitat loss.
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- Groves, C. P. (2005). In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 61. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
- Leary, T., Seri, L., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A., James, R., Dickman, C., Aplin, K., Salas, L., Flannery, T. & Bonaccorso, F. (2008). Dendrolagus ursinus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as vulnerable
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