Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tree roos are back

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

For the first time in three years, Woodland Park Zoo is once again home to the Matschie’s tree kangaroo! This endangered species is endemic to Papua New Guinea and is known for its bear-like head, bushy tail and marsupial’s pouch.

Huen, an eight-year-old male, is a little shy when it comes to the camera, but we snapped this photo of him while he was perched up in a tree. Huen arrived from Singapore Zoo in March and can now be found living in the Day Exhibit.

As one of the newest conservation ambassadors at the zoo, Huen represents the inspiring work of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, founded and based here at Woodland Park Zoo.

You might remember the big news we shared earlier this year when Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program celebrated a milestone with the passage of Papua New Guinea’s first ever national Conservation Area, preserving 187,800 acres of forest habitat for the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo and thousands of other endemic and endangered species.

We look forward to introducing a mate to Huen next year, and hopefully breeding the endangered pair as an important part of our conservation work with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.

Photos:
(Top) Huen at Woodland Park Zoo, photo by Ryan Hawk.
(Bottom) Papua New Guinea villagers celebrate the passage of the first national Conservation Area, photo by Ryan Hawk.

1 comment:

  1. Shy maybe...but I reckon it is a great photo. Thanks.

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