From Seattle to the Forests of Papua New Guinea
Welcome to the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program works with local communities in rural Papua New Guinea to protect the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo and the habitat in which it lives. The program helped to establish the country’s first and only nationally-recognized Conservation Area, and works with communities and government to address local needs including livelihoods, health, and education. We believe that sustainable conservation needs to address not only the needs of wildlife and the environment, but the needs of the local people as well. And that in order to make a lasting difference, the change must come from within those communities themselves.
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program and the YUS Conservation Area serve as a national model for community-based conservation in Papua New Guinea, assisting the government in their efforts to protect the incredible diversity of wildlife and culture throughout the country.
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) is the umbrella name for the partnership between the Woodland Park Zoo’s TKCP and TKCP-PNG, an independent non-governmental organization registered in Papua New Guinea.
TKCP conservation leader wins prestigious 2016 Whitley Award
Congratulations to Karau Kuna, Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program conservation strategies manager and now winner of the prestigious Whitley Award, presented by HRH The Princess Royal in a London ceremony in April 2016.
The award honors Kuna’s work to bring together local landowners to ensure protection of the Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS) Conservation Area in Papua New Guinea. With the award, Kuna will continue his work with communities and conservationists to develop sustainable land-use plans through 2020, serving as a model for the country.
Read more about Kuna’s award-winning work