The Huon Peninsula of Papua New Guinea is made of rugged terrain and lush cloud forest biomes.
Subsistence in YUS villages is dependent on the local natural resources, including streams, food gardens, and woody materials.
Wild tree kangaroo "Trish" has been tracked and studied by TKCP for several years.
Over 10,000 people live in more than 45 villages in and around YUS (photo by Bruce Beehler, Conservation International).
Lush undergrowth in the cloud forest of the Huon Peninsula (photo by Andrew Krockenberger, James Cook University).
A view into the YUS Conservation Area (photo by Bruce Beehler, Conservation International).
Dabek, Krockenberger (JCU), and Beehler (CI) review maps of the YUS CA (photo courtesy of Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
Lisa Dabek speaks with a YUS landwoner during the YUS CA Celebration (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
The Deputy Prime Minister of PNG, Puka Temu and Ginson Saonu speak at the YUS CA celebration (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
A juvenile tree kangaroo seen at Wasaunon field site (photo by Bruce Beehler, Conservation International).
North American zoos participate in captive breeding of the Matschie's tree kangaroo under the Species Survival Plan (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
The success of TKCP's work is based on building strong relationships with the indigenous communities of the YUS area (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
Indigenous landowners own the YUS Conservation Area and determine the rules which guide enforcement of the CA (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
Living at chilly elevations of 5,000 feet, YUS villagers use fuelwood for both cooking and providing warmth (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
A "sing-sing" ceremony was held to celebrate declaration of the YUS Conservation Area in April 2009 (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
The "sing-sing" included traditional singing and dancing performed by local clan groups (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
Celebrations speakers included TKCP staff, community members, and local, regional, and national government officials (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ).
TKCP has sponsored several graduates from Balob Teacher's College, who return to YUS to teach in village schools.
YUS schoolchildren share their world and lives with children across the globe through TKCP's Education Art Exchange program.
Medical services are very difficult to obtain in YUS, due to the area's remoteness and rugged terrain.
TKCP has focused on making vaccinations accessible in YUS, in order to reduce the impact of preventable disease in the region.
The incredible biodiversity of the YUS Conservation Area includes: the Huon Tiger Parrot (photo by Stephen Richards)
The Litoria angiana frog (photo by Stephen Richards)
The Paradise Kingfisher (photo by Stephen Richards)
The Boiga irregularis snake (photo by Stephen Richards)
The Tube-nosed Bat, or "flying fox" as locally known (photo by Stephen Richards)
The Litoria dux tree frog - a new species identified during a survey of YUS (photo by Stephen Richards)
The King Bird of Paradise (photo by Stephen Richards)
TKCP conducts monitoring and scientific research to promote informed protection of Huon Peninsula species and ecosystems.
Landowners in the YUS region are exploring coffee growing as a livelihood option, with excellent results to date in quality of beans.
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