Huon Tree Kangaroo
Tree kangaroos' cloud forest habitat is rugged and wet, making the animals difficult to study.
Meet the Teddy Bears That Live in Trees
Beyond birds and squirrels, there are many unique—and surprising—animals that spend their lives aloft.
We all know birds and squirrels hang out in trees, but it can a tall order to think of more exotic examples like koalas.
So to celebrate National Arbor Day, Weird Animal Question of the Week asked: “What are the unusual or underappreciated creatures that live in the trees?”
These Australia and New Guinea natives have arms stronger than the more well-known red and gray kangaroos, as well as large claws to help their grip, Trevor Holbrook, coordinator of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, based at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, says by email.
Their cloud forest habitat, threatened by destruction and fragmentation, is “extremely rugged, steep, wet, and densely forested,” which makes them difficult to study, Holbrook says.