Kimbe the kangaroo enjoys avocado birthday treat at Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park is celebrating the birthday of Kimbe, one of the park's tree kangaroos who turned 16 years old.

Kimbe is believed to be the eldest tree kangaroo living in Australia, and arrived at the park in April, 2019.

To celebrate the birthday, keepers showered Kimbe in love and hand-delivered a huge cake made entirely of her favourite food - avocado. 

Given it's unlikely she will need to buy a house in Auckland any time soon, Kimbe indulges in avocado as much as she can.

In captivity, it is estimated Goodfellow's tree kangaroos to live up to 14 years old, so the Australian Reptile Park says it's thrilled to see Kimbe celebrating another birthday and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Staff are hoping that celebrating Kimbe's birthday will raise awareness about the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo by introducing visitors to the rare species whilst educating people about the serious threat of deforestation.

"Sadly, Goodfellow's tree kangaroos are endangered and need all of the help they can get," park director Tim Faulkner said.

"By making the effort to celebrate special moments with Kimbe, we are able to educate our visitors into doing what they can to help save the species. 

"I personally love Goodfellow's tree-kangaroos and spent a lot of my time when I was in Papua New Guinea trying to see a wild one - and I couldn't. They're quite rare to see out and about."

There are 12 species of tree-kangaroo in the world with many of them under threat due to hunting and habitat destruction.

Goodfellow's tree-kangaroos are classified as endangered and are native to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, and the border of central Irian Jaya in Indonesia.

The "hands-on" Australian Reptile Park is located in the natural bush setting of the Central Coast of New South Wales, 60 minutes from Sydney.