Phalangeridae – Cuscuses & brushtail possums

These predominantly nocturnal creatures are affectionately called 'marsupial monkeys'

Members of this family are chiefly herbivores, but some species also eat small insects and inhabit a wide range of forest habitats, from eucalypt forests to alpine woodlands and tropical forests.

Also known as Phalangers, these animals have been a continuous target of suffering at the hands of humans, which trap them for their fur and human-caused habitat loss. This has caused a steep decline in their numbers over the past years making several species endangered.