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Mainly fruit and leaves


On the ground and lower levels of the forests of Papua New Guinea.


Cuscus have an opposable thumbs on their hind feet and prehensile tails, using them as a way of securing themselves to a branch, enabling their front feet to be kept free for feeding.

Scientific Name

Phalanger gymnotis

These small, slow-moving & nocturnal animals from Papua New Guinea are members of the marsupial family, related to possums.

Cuscus are largely solitary animals in the wild, and will mostly keep apart from each other in captivity, making it important to allow them enough sleeping burrows. They will come together for breeding. They have a gestation period of just 13 days, after which the tiny, blind & hairless joey will climb into the pouch where it will remain for 5-7 months. They nest in burrows which leaves them vulnerable to hunting with dogs.

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