A wild tree kangaroo is fitted with a National Geographic Crittercam © collar in 2009.

TKCP studies tree kangaroo home ranges using radiotelemetry.

Protecting Habitats Through Knowledge

TKCP works to advance scientific knowledge of Papua New Guinea's wildlife and rain forest habitat, so that the YUS Conservation Area can be managed in an ecologically sound and sustainable manner. TKCP research generates interest from the international scientific community in the wildlife of the Huon Peninsula, thus stimulating additional research projects and ultimately increasing support for the protection of habitats.

What's New - Crittercam ©

Most recently, TKCP conducted pilot field research with National Geographic (NGS) in the fall of 2009. TKCP and NGS researchers collared two wild Matschie's tree kangaroos with mounted cameras, called National Geographic Crittercams ©. These Crittercams allowed for the collection of new information on the behavior of tree kangaroos in the canopy, free from the interference of human observation.

Now that the tool has been shown to work in the field, Lisa Dabek will work with scientists from National Geographic and JCU to plan additional research using Crittercams.

Check out our latest Crittercam © videos

Research Publications

on Wild Tree Kangaroo Populations on the Huon Peninsula of Papua New Guinea

2012 Tree kangaroo molecular systematics based on partial cytochrome b sequences: are Matschie's tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) and Goodfellow's tree kangaroo (D. goodfellowi buergersi) sister taxa?

McGreevy, TJ, Dabek L, Husband TP.

         Australian Mammalogy, 34, 18–28

2012 Health Assessment of Wild and Captive Matschie's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) in Papua New Guinea.

Travis, E., Watson, P., Dabek, L.

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 43(1): 1-9

2010. Microsatellite Marker Development and Mendelian Analysis in the Matschie's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei).

Thomas J. McGreevy Jr; Lisa Dabek; Thomas P. Husband

Journal of Heredity; 101(1):113-118.

2010. A multiplex PCR assay to distinguish among three sympatric marsupial taxa from Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea, using the mitochondrial control region.

McGreevy, T.J., L. Dabek, T.P. Husband

Molecular Ecology Resources; 10:397-400.

2009 Conservation genetics of Association of Zoos and Aquariums and wild Matschie's tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus matschiei) from Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea.

McGreevy, TJ.

         Ph.D. Thesis, School of Natural Resources, University of Rhode Island.

2009. Discrimination of dominant forest types for Matschie’s tree kangaroo conservation in Papua New Guinea using high resolution sensing data.

Stabach, J., L. Dabek, Y.Q. Wang, and R. Jensen

International Journal of Remote Sensing 30 (1-2): 405-422.

2008. Genetic diversity in captive and wild Matschie’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) from Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea, based on mtDNA contol region sequences.

McGreevy, T.J., L. Dabek, M. Gomez-Chiarri, T.P. Husband

ZooBiology 28: 183-196.

2008 Home range of the Huon tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) in cloud forest on the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea.

Porolak, Gabriel.

Masters of Science thesis, School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University.

2007. The costs of exclusion: recognizing a role for local communities in biodiversity conservation.

Ancrenaz, M., L. Dabek, S. O’Neil

PLoS Biology 5(11): e289 doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050289.

2005 Utilizing remote sensing technologies to identify Matschies's tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) habitat.

Stabach, J.A.

Master of Science thesis, University of Rhode Island.

2003 Identification of Huon tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) habitat in Papua New Guinea through integration of remote sensing and field observations.

Pugh, James.

         Master of Science thesis, University of Rhode Island.

2003 Molecular genetics of endangered captive and wild Matschie's tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus matschiei).

McGreevy, TJ.

Master of Science thesis, University of Rhode Island.

1998. Tree Kangaroo Conservation in Papua New Guinea.

Dabek, L. and W. Betz

Endangered Species Update 15(6): 114-116.

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