This rare marsupial is native to forests of the island of New Guinea, and are also known as dusky wallabies.
They are herbivores and eat plants, shoots, grass and flowers.
Pademelons tend to be more active at night and rest or forage in the dense undergrowth during the day. Their large ears help them to listen for predators and strong hind legs and a short thick tail assist with balance when hopping.
They are solitary animals, typically only coming together to mate. A single baby is born after around a one month gestation period and, despite being blind and helpless, the joey crawls up into it mother’s pouch to feed and develop. It will continue to grow inside the pouch for six months.
Loss of habitat, fragmentation and urban development all impact on the lives and survival of the dusky pademelon, which as been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
- Latin Name: Thylogale brunii
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Diprotodontia
- Family: Macropodidae
- Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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