A species of tree-kangaroo, this animal is very similar and related to Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo, sometimes even considered to be the latter's subspecies. However, the Golden-mantled tree-kangaroo is smaller, distinguished from the Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo by golden shoulders, white ears as well as pinkish or lighter face. The kangaroo is native to forests of northern New Guinea, which is currently the primary habitat of the animal. The Golden-mantled tree-kangaroo has a long tail, covered with faint rings. On its back, the animal exhibits a double golden band, stretching downwards. The coat is short and chestnut brown in color. The belly is pale colored while the feet, neck and cheeks are yellowish.
Endemic to lower montane tropical forests of northern New Guinea, these animals inhabit the eastern end of the Torricelli Mountain range (Papua New Guinea) as well as the Foja Mountains of West Papua.
There is no information about the reproductive system and parental behavior of Golden-mantled tree-kangaroos.
Currently, the Golden-mantled tree-kangaroo suffers from loss of its natural habitat due to deforestation. In addition, the species is threatened with habitat alteration throughout its range, as a result of conversion of forest to agricultural land and expansion of oil palm. And finally, the Golden-mantled tree-kangaroo is hunted for food by local people.
According to the IUCN Red List, the total population size of Golden-mantled tree-kangaroos is about 500 mature individuals. These tree-kangaroos’ numbers are stable today, and the species is classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened species.