Commend Seattle Zoo for Tree Kangaroo Conservation

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Target: Lisa Dabek, PH.D. Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program Director and Senior Conservation Scientist, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Goal: Commend Woodland Park Zoo for protecting the endangered Tree Kangaroo

The Matschie’s tree kangaroo of Papua New Guinea was once in severe decline due to habitat loss and destruction and a general lack of knowledge of the importance of conservation in Papua New Guinea. The rain forest that the tree kangaroo calls home has been devastated by mining, logging and development; the creation of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program has brought relief to the tree kangaroo and education to the people of Papua New Guinea.

The organizers of the program at Woodland Park Zoo of Seattle understand that a long-term presence in an area of particular decline is necessary. A simple one-time donation is not what creates sustainability; structure and stability take years of influence through funding, education, rehabilitation and persistence. The program that offers this to Papua New Guinea, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP), has established a Conservation Area on the Huon Peninsula in Papua New Guinea. A Conservation Area guarantees that land is safe from any form of resource extraction, so the devastation of the kangaroo’s habitat is not allowed. On top of this safe space the TKCP has involved the people of the area in decision making, education of the land and conservation of their native species. The Conservation Area encompasses 180,000 acres and is kept by clans that are dedicated to conservation. The TKCP has encouraged growth in medicine through vaccinations and midwifery in order to help the people sustain their health along with the land.

The moral compass of a zoo is often in a fog. Many individuals do not agree with keeping a wild animal captive and on display for the enjoyment of people. However, when a zoo such as the Woodland Park Zoo of Seattle has such a positive influence in the wild, this activity should be regarded as immensely beneficial and sustainable. Encourage the positive influence that comes from an organization dedicated to our Earth. Let the TKCP at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, know that you appreciate their dedication: sign the petition below.


Dear Dr. Lisa Dabek,

The Matschie’s tree kangaroo has been devastated by habitat destruction in Papua New Guinea. Your program dedicated to the development of the area, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, has created stability for the land from education, encouragement and financial help. The tree kangaroo has a bright future in their protected home, thanks to your efforts.

Your actions in Papua New Guinea have not gone unnoticed, or unappreciated. The area on the Huon Peninsula that is now a dedicated Conservation Area is safe from environmental destruction; it is 180,000 acres of land that will assist immensely in the growth of the Matschie’s tree kangaroo species, along with countless other species that inhabit the protected land. The education and involvement of the native people will allow them stability in the region for generations to come. Thank you for your long-term commitment to the tree kangaroo and the people of Papua New Guinea.

I acknowledge your efforts with sincere gratitude. I am happy to know that there are movements to make Earth a place for every species to thrive. I understand the intense dedication to a cause such as this, and encourage your operation to continue to be a positive influence for species everywhere that need a helping hand. Please keep up your efforts and know that many will appreciate and benefit from your compassion.


[Your Name Here]

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