Local conservation workers in Papua New Guinea capture, then release, an endangered tree kangaroo as part of the Tree Kangaroo Radiotelemetry Project
Once the animal is tagged, researchers can study its range and movement patterns to determine its ideal habitat size. The tree kangaroos now live in the newly designated YUS Conservation Area.
Named for its three main rivers, the Yopno, Uruwa, and Som of the Huon Peninsula, the new protected area also supports nearly 10,000 villagers.
With aid from the National Geographic Society and Conservation International, the Seattle-based Woodland Park Zoo has worked for more than a decade with the Papua New Guinea government and roughly 40 villages to secure the region for conservation.
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Photograph by Lisa Dabek/Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program