Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Matschie's Tree Kangaroo

Matschie's Tree Kangaroo

Matschie's Tree Kangaroo

Instead of hopping on the ground, Matschie's tree kangaroos climb high in the trees of montane rain forests in Papua New Guinea, where they feed on leaves. With a body just over two feet long—and a tail that is almost that long—these unusual animals look something like a cross between an opossum, a long-tailed lemur, and a koala. Long claws give them the ability to securely hold a position in the treetops, and their long tail helps them maintain perfect balance as they navigate along narrow branches. Safari Park guests can see tree kangaroos in their exhibit next to Zuest Station, in Walkabout Australia.

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