Unlike its better-known terrestrial counterpart, goodfellowi moves slowly when forced to walk on the earth with a top speed of only about five miles per hour. High in the canopy, it’s a different story. With short hind limbs, muscular forearms, and padded, gripping soles on its feet, this is a creature made for climbing. Sharp curved claws propel it upwards while a broad, strong tail acts as a rudder for daring leaps between trees.
Happily, there is still hope for their survival thanks to a network of nation parkland and their almost total lack of arboreal predators. More direct conservation measures would make a difference though, something that requires more people to understand their plight.
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