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  • (playful, twinkling music)

  • - [Narrator] This is Zana,

  • a Matschie's tree kangaroo.

  • She's adorable, isn't she?

  • But don't let her adorableness deceive you.

  • This rare kangaroo is extremely threatened.

  • (playful, twinkling music)

  • With curved claws and stocky, muscular limbs,

  • she's at home in the trees.

  • However, her padded paws allow her to fall from up to

  • 60 feet without injury.

  • This marsupial is so rare,

  • it can only be found in the mountainous rainforests

  • of northeastern Papua New Guinea.

  • It's a solitary creature that spends most of its time alone,

  • except for when there's a baby to care for.

  • Tree kangaroo joeys spend 18 months with their mothers

  • before setting out on their own.

  • Oil drilling and logging

  • are destroying the Matschie's habitat

  • and it's thick, beautiful fur has made it an attractive

  • target for native hunters.

  • Captive breeding and local education efforts

  • are making headway,

  • but it's future is uncertain.

  • This is the Matschie's tree kangaroo.

  • (playful, twinkling music)

(playful, twinkling music)

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A Pouch In Need of Protection: The Matschie's Tree Kangaroo Climbs For Survival

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    許大善 posted on 2019/04/21
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