Extinct Animal Resurfaces in Indonesia

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     Recently, a rare tree kangaroo species thought to be extinct for 90 years has re-emerged from the forests of Indonesia. Previously, no sightings of the Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo had been reported since 1928, as it was hunted to extinction. When the first person to find this species in 1928, a westerner, found and shot it in the mountains. This isn’t the first case of mass hunting in Indonesia, unfortunately, many animals are often hunted for their skin and meat. Others are killed off by greenhouse gasses, such as the Sumatran  Orangutan, the Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran elephant are all endangered from being hunted lucky multiple organizations around the world have started to keep some in captivity to avoid extinction and attempt to raise their population numbers. These two factors are harming these native animals populations.

     The Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo has a hook-like tail that is good for grabbing branches, it also has claws great for climbing trees. According to Smithsonian Recently, it was thought to be spotted by a merchant traveling with an amateur botanist on an expedition in an attempt to find the species. After 10 days of searching, the Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo was discovered climbing a tree and it seemed to be alive and well. The animal, unharmed, and with no visible injuries surprised the team who rediscovered it. Scientists later investigated the habitat where the animal was found and started to study the creatures to obtain research information such as diet and preferred habitat. While the kangaroo species was discovered in one habitat, it is unclear if that is its  the deep rainforests of Indonesia are the preferred habitat of the species. Scientists will continue to study these creatures and have started a program to keep some in captivity to increase their population. Hopefully now that scientists have found the species not to be extinct, they can work on preserving them and preventing deforestation from taking their homes.

 

Resources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-tree-kangaroo-spotted-first-time-90-years-180970413/