Ifola Tree Kangaroo
Illustration - Peter Schouten
Ifola (Dendrolagus notatus) is located in montane forests at elevations between 900-3100m in the central highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Ifola has the largest distribution of any Tree Kangaroo with a potential range of 40,000 square kilometres. Unfortunatley it is has been hunted out from much of this area which has been the result of an increasing human population.
The fur of D notatus varies from dark to pale brown. It has an obvious yellow ring around the base of the tail and possesses silver-tipped hairs on its back, legs and arms. Males average 8.2kg and females 6.3kg in weight. Ifola have been held in captivity-mostly in PNG collections. Because Ifola has become extinct in much of its former range it has been classified as endangered.
Distribution of the Ifola Tree Kangaroo