These mammals look like miniature kangaroos, but you won't see them in Australia...

This rare mammal is a species of marsupial native to forests of the island of New Guinea. 

Dusky pademelons are also known as dusky wallabies.

They are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with their population estimated to have declined by 30% in the last 15-20 years. The demise of the species is largely due to hunting for its meat.

Tim Rowlands, Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo, said:

“Little is known about these little Indonesian kangaroos. Indeed, many people may not have even heard of a dusky pademelon before.

“However, Chester Zoo is committed to the conservation of threatened species and is always looking to break new ground by working with unusual, unheralded, often unknown animals and so we’re particularly pleased with the arrivals of Kai and Aru. We hope they put the fascinating species on the map and bring some needed attention to them.”

Chester’s dusky pademelons are two of only 33 cared for by zoos in Europe.

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Interesting facts

Where they live: Africa

Habitat: Grasslands, all savanna types, rainforests, woodlands, thickets

Size: total length of 140-220cm, tail length of 44-71cm

Weight: 40-100kg

Threats: Threatened by habitat loss due to agriculture and hunting

Scientific Name: Orycteropus afer