The same cannot however be said for some of its relatives. Several species of Phalanger are widespread and share the Ground Cuscus’ status, but several species are confine to islands or seem to be geographically isolated, and these are in far more trouble. The Telefomin Cuscus P.matanamin is only known from six individuals and the only site where it was known to occur was completely destroyed by fire in 1998, and it is either already extinct or Critically Endangered. The Woodlark Cuscus P.lullulae is only known from a few islands off Papua New Guinea, and the main population on Woodlark Island is threatened by Malaysian palm oil plantation development
|Common Spotted Cuscus|
As a fairly unspecialised marsupial, the Ground Cuscus has a pouch where it retains its single baby for around 3 months, after which it takes another 2 – 4 months to become independent, at which point it leaves to join the adult population. They breed all year round, and the actual pregnancy only takes 13 days. Lifespan in the wild is unclear, but in captivity they can live to be 15 years old.
(images from wikipedia)