Why Are Tree Kangaroos Endangered?


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The World Wildlife Fund reports that tree kangaroos are endangered due to hunting and habitat loss. Tree kangaroos are indigenous to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

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Native communities hunt tree kangaroos for food, which is a major factor in their decline. Logging and timber activities, both legal and illegal, and the agricultural conversion of land to grow crops, such as coffee, rice and wheat, has resulted in range reduction. As a result, tree kangaroos are exposed to predators, such as domestic dogs. The Wondiwoi tree kangaroo is critically endangered, with less than 50 animals remaining. Over the past 30 years, the population of the native New Guinea dingiso kangaroo has shrunk more than 80 percent.

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