Thursday, September 10, 2009

Celebrating conservation in Papua New Guinea

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications



Woodland Park Zoo's conservationists and staff photographer traveled to Papua New Guinea in April this year to help celebrate the passage of PNG’s first national Conservation Area—a conservation milestone 12 years in the making with Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, partners, and PNG villagers and government.

This video transports you to the Sing Sing celebration in the highland village of Teptep, Papua New Guinea, complete with songs and dances honoring this national achievement and the international unity behind it. Hear from the many Papua New Guinea nationals who have contributed their own land, time and dedication to this project.

In the words of one PNG landowner you’ll see in the video, “I saw that people were destroying the land. But I said, save the land. Save it and look after it. Easy does it—step by step.”

This is one huge step we are proud to be part of.

Go here to learn more about the 187,000 acre YUS Conservation Area and how you can help support it into the future through Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program. You can also help by spreading the word of this conservation breakthrough--please share this blog post and video with your friends.

Video produced by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

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