The last recorded sighting of the rare tree kangaroo was in 1928. Something went wrong. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Michel Smith photographed the kangaroo during a visit to West Papua, Boxing kangaroos look like human fighters as they carefully pick their punches, Michael Smith is the first person in history to photograph the animal, Mr Smith found the animal on the last day of his trip, The animal is a on a list of the "25 most wanted" lost species, The animal is so rare - the last sighting was in 1928, The picture was taken in West Papau in Indonesia, KFC and McDonald’s addicted kangaroos are launching bloody attacks on tourists who keep feeding them fast food at Aussie beauty spot, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). On the last and seventh exploration day they were returning to camp when eagle-eyed Martin spotted a tree kangaroo on a branch 30m up, on July 31. Most species of tree kangaroos are endangered because of hunting and their habitats being destroyed. "I was thinking to myself I have to be careful here and not fool myself, but I went through my mental checklist of their features and realized, 'Hang on, this has absolutely got to be the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo,'" Smith said. The Wondiwoi tree kangaroo proceeded to elude researchers for the next 90 years, prompting fears of its extinction.

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Experts had even believed the elusive creature had gone extinct.

Support new lost species expeditions and conservation efforts for the species that have been rediscovered to ensure they don't fall of the map again. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. The 47-year-old, from Farnham, was astonished when he spotted the distinctive teddy-bear-like creature on the last 30 minutes of the final day of his trek, perched 30m up a canopy tree. GWC is in the process of preparing an expedition with local conservation partners to verify the sighting and to confirm that it is, indeed, this lost kangaroo … For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here.

Wondiwoi tree kangaroo found in the wild for the first time in 90 years was first described in Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, later called Journal of Zoology, based on the Tring museum specimen collected in 1928 He flew from Gatwick to Indonesia's capital Jakarta last month, followed by an internal four-hour flight to a town called Manokwari, then he took a ferry to Wasior. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). They surrounded the tree and stood in silence for 30 minutes while Michael snapped using an £80 second hand long lens, in the last minutes of dwindling sunlight.

Receive email updates about lost species and other GWC conservation programs. A RARE kangaroo, which has only been seen once in the last 90 years was caught on camera by a tourist on holiday in West Papua, Indonesia. The mystery surrounding this lost species has taken on legendary proportions. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Join us in saving wildlife and protecting biodiversity around the world! Michael had visited the same region a year earlier to look at rhododendrons and orchids and the team trekked up Mount Wondiwoi to a camp they had previously created at 700m. If any of these critically endangered creatures remained after pressures from hunting, people believed that the population couldn't be more than 50 individuals. Click here to upload yours. He recruited a hunter turned guide Martin, interpreter Norman and four porters, and they bought enough rice, noodles, sardines and chili sauce to last two weeks. For other inquiries, Contact Us.

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You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures. Tree kangaroos live in lowland and mountainous rainforests in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the far north of Queensland, Australia. For the Wondiwoi tree kangaroos, Smith’s pictures are more than just an interesting discovery: his find could result in a breakthrough in the conservation of all species of tree kangaroos.

He also plans to apply for permits to allow him to bring back poo samples which experts have already offered to DNA match with the 1928 skeleton currently housed in London's Natural History Museum. We pay for your stories! Smith had been looking for a rare kind of orchid — but then he turned his sights toward the tree canopy and saw something furry up there. "I was starting to think I was going to have to go back home to my long-suffering and much more sensible wife and explain why I had been back to the Wondiwoi Mountains and not found anything. "We started to see these claw marks at the base of tree and even I started to think 'hang on'," said Michael. ", You can help the people at Global Wildlife Conservation in their search for lost species like this rare tree kangaroo by. "I was really rushing around. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. They have adapted to life in the trees, with shorter legs and stronger forelimbs for climbing, giving them somewhat of the appearance of a cross between a kangaroo … The hopeful images were well worth the long trip for Smith. ", Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo lost since 1928 #LostSpecies There are other tree kangaroos in Indonesia - but they live at lower altitudes or in different mountain regions, and are a different colour.
critically endangered Update: In 2018, a tourist in West Papua took low-quality photos of a species that could possibly be the Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo. The Wondiwoi tree kangaroo is the rarest species, having only ever been seen in Indonesia, once, 90 years ago. "Basically we found the animal the last half hour of the last day we had available to search, and even that was because I decided to go down all in one day rather than two as planned.". I couldn't quite get the photo. All Rights Reserved. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. © 2020 Global Wildlife Conservation. Most species of tree-kangaroos are considered endangered because of hunting and their habitats being destroyed. We pay for videos too.

What a British tourist caught on camera in the Indonesian jungle could be the rediscovery of a critically endangered species that's been considered lost — perhaps even extinct — for a long time.

This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. A few expeditions have returned to the region - but it remains largely untouched and unexplored due to the remote location and impenetrable thick vegetation on steep slopes. Battling through bamboo thicket with machetes, they cut further to 1,300m where they formed a second base camp using logs, tarp, sacks and nails.

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