The dusky pademolen is only found on New Guinea and a few other islands off its coast. A Dutch seafarer and adventurer, Cornelis de Bruijn, saw these animals in the garden of a magistrate of the Dutch East India Company in Java, and in 1711 was the first to describe and draw them. Both the Dutch and the Latin name for the species refer to him.
Pademelons are smaller than wallabies and have a shorter, thicker tail with less fur. They are very timid and are good at hiding in the forest in which they live. In the zoo, pademelons are fed hay, small twigs and special kangaroo pellets.