The Tree Kangaroo
Staring down from the treetops within the Zoo’s Australian Roadhouse, you will discover Matschie’s tree kangaroos. Conflicting with their land-dwelling counterparts, the tree kangaroos prefer a life of solitude to group gatherings.
Currently, there exists less than 2,500 of this species left in their native habitat because of unsustainable hunting. The Columbus Zoo Fund for Conservation attempts to bolster these dwindling numbers by partnering with the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guinea. The two organizations work with locals to protect the ten species of tree kangaroo that reside in the area.