Here is a Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) peering down from the security of the canopy to see what all the ruckus on the ground was about. After searching for days through their rainforest habitat, I received a tip that I would be able to find this rare critter on a specific tea plantation. When I arrived, sure enough there were other tourists gawking at this strange creature in the trees. .
The Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo can only be found in a very small region in Australia, the Atherton Tablelands. The wet tropical rainforest supported in this region provides ample foliage for these herbivores to consume, but as climate change continues to dry out the rainforest, and humans continue to chop down precious reserves, the future of this rare and unique species is tenuous at best. Considering this animal’s unique evolutionary history, small and specific range, and pure difficulty in spotting them, simply spotting one in the wild was a pleasure.