Journal article

Conservation and health of Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi)

Amy L Shima, Lee Berger, Lee F Skerratt



Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) is an iconic species in far north Queensland yet little is known about its health or population status. Studies on this species have been conducted in a limited number of locations and focused primarily on ecology, habitat use and home-range size. The species is relatively common in the Atherton Tablelands but habitat loss, predation by domestic, feral and wild dogs, vehicle strike, low fecundity, and disease have been identified as threats to the population. We review knowledge of population ecology and threats for this species, and include a novel collation of disease reports on all tree-kangaroos with particular reference to Lumholtz's tree..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Roger W. Martin, Linda K. Johnson, Margit Cianelli, John McKenzie and Avril Underwood for contributing data and advice. We are grateful to Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Wet Tropics Management Authority and SkyRail Rainforest Foundation for providing funds.