Conservation and health of Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi)

Shima, Amy L., Berger, Lee, and Skerratt, Lee F. (2018) Conservation and health of Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi). Australian Mammalogy. (In Press)

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Abstract

Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) is an iconic species in far north Queensland yet little is known about its health or population status. Studies on this species have been conducted in a limited number of locations and focused primarily on ecology, habitat use and home-range size. The species is relatively common in the Atherton Tablelands but habitat loss, predation by domestic, feral and wild dogs, vehicle strike, low fecundity, and disease have been identified as threats to the population. We review knowledge of population ecology and threats for this species, and include a novel collation of disease reports on all tree-kangaroos with particular reference to Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo. Health of Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo appears to be impacted by the increase in humans and domestic animals in their range. There have been reports of melioidosis, toxoplasmosis, tick paralysis and blindness in wild tree-kangaroos. We identify where increased information on health and population viability will improve conservation and management of the species.

Item ID: 54883
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-7402
Keywords: anthropogenic impacts, blindness, distribution, parasites, pathogens, population ecology
Funders: Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Skyrail Rainforest Foundation
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2018 03:02
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070709 Veterinary Pathology @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health @ 30%
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