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Dendrolagus scottae
The Tenlike, also known as Scott's Tree Kangaroo, is an extremely rare Macropod found only in the Torricelli Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea. They have dark fur, long tails,feed on a diet of vines and leaves, and are one of the most endangered Mammals on the planet.

The Tenlike was described by science for the first time in 1989, and even then they were very, very rare. In 2000 it was believed that less than 100 remained. Not long after that the Tenlike Conservation Alliance was formed in order to protect the Tree Kangaroos from extinction.

It is believed that the total range of these Marsupials is less than  125 square kilometers. Hunting is a major threat, and the TCA is working with villages to both stop the practice, and to create a safe, protected zone in the mountains where the Tenlike live. There are still many surveys that need to be done, as well as a lot of footwork. The group has been successful though, as it is believed that numbers are now around 200.

IUCN Status : Critically Endangered
Location : Papua New Guinea
Size : Weight up to 24lbs (11kg)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Diprotodontia
Family : Macropodidae -- Genus : Dendrolagus -- Species : D. scottae


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