Today, we’re shouting from the treetops to raise awareness for the very first World Tree Kangaroo Day.
There are 14 different species of tree kangaroos, but each face threats in the wild due to native habitat destruction and being taken for food.
Perth Zoo is home to three Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos, a species native to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.
Huli, Doba and Kaluli are important ambassador animals, raising awareness for their wild cousins who are doing it tough.
In the sanctuary of Perth Zoo, our three do not need to fight for dwindling food resources or escape a human in search of meat.
But for the tree kangaroos in the wild, every day can be a battle to survive. That’s why we are committed to making a difference.
Through our involvement with the globally coordinated breeding program, Perth Zoo’s tree kangaroos have successfully bred, bringing adorable and genetically diverse baby tree roos into the world, to bolster populations.
Each individual born is a great success story and deserves to be celebrated. But real, impactful conservation work can be more than just the cute and cuddly stuff.
We are proud to partner with the Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA), a Papua New Guinea based organisation delivering real conservation impact. The group works with locals to protect natural habitats and provide alternate food sources for communities.
Through our partnership with TCA, we fund projects that help create more sustainable villages, which reduces the impact on surrounding ecosystems and supports the long-term rehabilitation of the environment.
The more we can help the overall community and ecosystems thrive, the healthier the tree kangaroo population!
Most recently, Perth Zoo funded the roll-out of household solar units and street lighting for a TCA base. This was then expanded to provide an energy source and lighting for villages within the Tenkile Mountain Range that participate in tree kangaroo protection.
Ultimately, this lighting allows for more work to be done around the villages in the evenings, and importantly, reduces the need to harvest habitat timber for fire.
Plus, with a source of energy, locals can charge their electrical devices on site and have better access to communication and education.
But some of the most heart-warming news to come from this project?
Sightings of two species of tree kangaroos, the Tenkile and Weimang, are becoming more frequent! That means the species distribution is considered to be on the rise.
While there is always more to do, it’s important to stop and celebrate these small conservation successes.
With your help, we can achieve so much more and continue to support local communities, restore ecosystems and save species from extinction.
Make a difference with us, donate today and help us save tree kangaroos.