Last seen 1928, West Papua. Everything we know about Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo comes from a single specimen – an adult male – collected in 1928 by one of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists Ernst Mayr.
The kangaroo was found in the Wondiwoi Peninsula of West Papua in mossy montane forest at an elevation of 1600m.
How the species came to inhabit the higher parts of the Wondiwoi Peninsula is an enduring zoo-geographical mystery.
Targeted searches are needed to determine whether the Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo still survive.
If the species is rediscovered it could stimulate the creation of the first protected area for the species