Methods for the Effective Care and Rehabilitation of Captive Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroos

Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2014

Department 1

Center for Global Education


Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus lumholtzi, is one of only two kangaroo species endemic to Australia’s rainforests. However, studies concerning the species are limited, and public knowledge of the species is close to non-existent (Tisdell & Wilson, 2003). Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo is slowly making its way into Australia’s zoos and into the public eye, but lack of formally presented information pertaining to its care has made maintenance of captive populations difficult. With an increasing number of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos coming into care due to dog attacks and motor vehicle accidents, the need for formalized husbandry information is becoming ever greater (Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group, 2000). This study recorded the care methods used by the world’s only tree-kangaroo rehabilitation organization, Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre Ltd. Through daily observations of routine procedures and rehabilitation practices, this study was able to effectively describe current methods for housing, feeding, and management of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos. In addition, comparisons against the most recent care manual highlight key differences in care between tree-kangaroo species. While more research is needed, especially pertaining to nutritional requirements, presentation of these methods is the first step in the creation of a husbandry manual tailored to the requirements of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo.


This paper was written during the author's study abroad experience as part of the SIT Graduate Institute - Study Abroad Program. It is part of the Independent Study Project Collection.

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