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Sinopsi:

In a remote and unpopulated area of north east Australia, we join an unusual group of people in search of what could possible be, an as yet, undiscovered species of tree kangaroo.
This is no ordinary science film but also a thrilling blend of adventure and exploration, with some unique outback characters.
The team is led by Rodger Martin, a charismatic, outspoken, somewhat unorthodox zoologist, who has a special interest in tree kangaroos.
Currently 10 species of tree-kangaroo are recognised, 8 of these are from New Guinea and two from Northern Queensland Australia. Their evolution is interesting and Rodger is able to passionately explains his scientific knowledge, in a down to earth and interesting way.
We meet the Roberts family who have lived in relative isolation in the lee of Mount Finnegan for 3 generations tending their cattle which feed in the surrounding rain forest. There is a strong tradition of natural history in the family with the father who worked for many years as a collector for the American Museum of Natural History.
His eldest son Lewis continues the family tradition and collects for the Queensland Museum.
His younger brother Charlie is an extraordinary bushman and has been Rodger Martin's main assistant in the area over the years. With the help of various colourful individuals, such as the Roberts', a former crocodile hunter who lost a leg and an old Aboriginal stockman (Walter Bowen) the search begins.
Since the late 70's there have been persistent reports of tree-kangaroo sightings in the northern Cape York forests. These have always been dismissed by professional zoologists as unlikely, arguing that these populations would not have survived the dry times associated with glacial maxima. Underlying this is the assumption that tree-kangaroos are rain forest dependent.
Rodger's own research over the last decade on populations of Bennett's tree kangaroo occupying gallery forest south of Cooktown suggest that this assumption is not valid.
Large numbers of tree-kangaroos now live in the thin strips of forest abutting seasonally dry creek beds. This opens up the possibility that they could have survived in gallery forest further north and that the reported sightings there are true.
Rodger strongly believes that undescribed species may still exist on northern Cape York and sets out in search of the illusive animal.