The Academy’s Logo is a Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
We researched animals native to Australia (Echidna, Emu, Kangaroo, Koala, Platypus, etc) and wanted something unique to our area. Two of the local mammals that we found are the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo and the Musky Rat-Kangaroo.
As cute as the Musky Rat-Kangaroo is, we thought the rest of the world may just term it as ‘just another rat’.
The Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo appealed to us as it looks more like an Australian kangaroo that oddly lived in trees. It is cute and has a lot of strength in its 4 limbs, just as what is needed in Boxing.
Common name: Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo; Boongary; marbi (Indigenous). Scientific name: Dendrolagus lumholtzi. Family: Macropodidae (wallabies, kangaroos and tree-kangaroos).
Conservation status: This species is listed as Near Threatened in Queensland (Nature Conservation Act 1992)
“Up to 10 species of tree-kangaroo have been identified in New Guinea and Australia. Two of those species, Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus lumholtzi, and Bennett’s tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus bennettianus, occur only in Australia. Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo is the smaller of the two species and can be distinguished from Bennett’s tree-kangaroo by its distribution, smaller size and by the lighter-coloured band across the forehead and down each side of the face. The forearms of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos are long and heavily muscled, and the hindfeet are short and broad. Both these features differ from the normal kangaroo pattern and are adaptations for a life in the trees.
The Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo is primarily a folivore (i.e. leaf-eater). It also feeds on many fruits and has been known to take cultivated maize from farms adjacent to its rainforest habitat. Tree-kangaroos are nocturnal and they spend the daylight hours sleeping hunched over in a sitting position high in tree canopies. Living in high rainfall areas, tree-kangaroos need to be able to stay dry. To do this, the fur covering their bodies is arranged so that it points outward from a point near the middle of the back, allowing water to run off the fur while they are sleeping. On broad horizontal branches and on the ground they may use a hopping gait or walk.” https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/threatened-species/near-threatened/lumholtzs-treekangaroo
We are lucky to have a few wildlife rescue organisations that focus on the Tree Kangaroo on the Atherton Tablelands:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/18311602669/ Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group
Louise Anderson-Clemence researched into the meanings of colour and what may be acceptable around the world, it seems Green and Purple suited the present and future of the Academy. She did some rough drafts of a Tree Kangaroo with boxing gloves on and sent it to Cindy Kuipers Graphic Design. Louise remembered how good Cindy was at drawing when they were friends at School.
We hope you enjoy the logo and Tree Kangaroos as much as we do!