The Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group
The Tree-Kangaroo and Mammal Group (TKMG) is an incorporated community group based on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia, made up of local residents interested in, and concerned for, the conservation of North Queensland's rich mammal fauna.
These include Australia's largest arboreal mammals, the Lumholtz's and Bennett's Tree-kangaroos (tree-climbers), the Spotted-tailed Quoll and the rainforest dwelling Musky Rat-kangaroo, and mammals of the wet sclerophyll (eucalypt) forests including the Yellow-bellied Glider, Northern Bettong, and the Black-footed Tree-rat.
Projects and activities undertaken by the Group focus on issues pertaining to the Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo, but also often involve other mammals.
The group was formed in 1997, and has become a strong and active group on the Tablelands. Our members are a diverse bunch of people, ranging from scientists, farmers, teachers, artists and publicans, and lots of interested others.
- To conserve tree-kangaroos and other Far North Queensland mammals by promoting the awareness and knowledge of these animals
- To undertake and assist with studies into their habitats
- To liaise with groups and organisations with similar objectives
The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, starting February usually at the Malanda Hotel (Atherton Tablelands), and we warmly welcome visitors.
We invite interesting guest speakers to presentation meetings, covering a wide range of naturalist and conservation topics. You might expect to hear about an Aboriginal perspective on the Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo (or muppie/mabi), what it's like to work in a Flying-fox "hospital", or how to integrate sound management of riparian vegetation on your property at one of our meetings.
There are business meetings every month, starting February, at 5:30pm. Every second month, starting February, there are talks on mammal issues, often with a local focus, at 7:00pm.