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One Health Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program

We are proud to support one of the most successful One Health programs in the world, The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program has arranged the protection of large areas of land, protected the Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo and brought improved health programs to local communities.

One of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) longest-running and most successful conservation efforts, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) works with local communities to manage the YUS Conservation Area. This project will strengthen the effectiveness of YUS Conservation Area in protecting the Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo and its habitat by enhancing the capacity of indigenous rangers to conduct monitoring patrols and collect information for managing and mapping target species. The project will provide rangers with the equipment and skills to efficiently gather field data including the occurrence of target species through the use of Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools (SMART) (www.smartconservationsoftware.org). These skills will allow rangers to improve their effectiveness during patrols and work collaboratively with communities to develop conservation solutions. Rangers and local TKCP Conservation Officers will consolidate and analyze monitoring data for discussion amongst local landowners and community members, while data from Rangers’ monitoring patrols will be aggregated for analysis by TKCP. Results will be communicated to government stakeholders for executive decision-making, and distributed to YUS communities to guide local decisions regarding land and resource management. YUS CA and the YUS Ranger program serve as models for the development of national conservation policy in PNG. The use of SMART technology and ongoing development of the YUS Conservation Area Ranger program will enhance the ability of TKCP and its partners to manage YUS Conservation Area effectively for the protection of the Matschie’s tree kangaroo and other endangered species. 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. The TKCP 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.

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