Day 83 of #the100dayproject and my #realandendangered project. Today's species is the Black-spotted cuscus, a marsupial known only in northern parts of the island of New Guinea. Want to know more? 1. They have characteristic vertically split pupils, which is useful for nocturnal animals. 2. They are one of the largest species of cuscus. 3. They are arboreal (live in trees). 4. They occur in primarily lowland and lower montane tropical forests, also sometimes being found in secondary forest. 5. They have striking red and black coloration, which includes large black spot patches on their lower back and hind legs.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature currently lists them as "Critically Endangered." Primary threats to this species include hunting (for food and cultural reasons) and conversion of forest for agriculture. The species exists in several protected areas in Indonesia and fall under a management area in Papua, New Guinea. However, there is need for public awareness and hunting restrictions to help save this species. Additional research into their population numbers, distribution, ecology, threats, and harvest levels is also advised as this time by the IUCN. #enmlillustration #thesadhappy #digitalart