Tree Kangaroos - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128146750

Tree Kangaroos

1st Edition

Science and Conservation

Series Volume Editors: Lisa Dabek Peter Valentine Jacqueline Blessington Karin R. Schwartz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128146750
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2020
Page Count: 416
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Table of Contents

I. Defining the Tree Kanagroo
1. What is a tree kangaroo? Evolution, fossil history, morphology, taxonomy, genetics, biogeography and current status
2. What is a tree kangaroo? Biology, ecology, and behavior

II. Conservation Concerns
3. Australia
4. Island of New Guinea

III. Conservation Solutions: In the Field
5. Conservation action
6. Role of wildlife rehabilitation
7. How an understanding of Lumholtz tree kangaroo behavioral ecology can assist conservation
8. Tree Kangaroos as an Ecotourism conservation catalyst in Australia

New Guinea
9. Opportunities for Conservation on the Island of New Guinea
10. Creating the first conservation area in Papua New Guinea, the YUS Conservation Area
11. Land-use planning for a sustainable future in PNG
12. A model conservation ranger program in PNG
13. Community-based conservation on the Huon Peninsula, PNG: The Model of the YUS Conservation Area
14. Livelihoods and conservation
15. Using a One Health approach: Healthy village healthy
16. Building conservation leadership in PNG for tree kangaroo conservation
17. Tree kangaroos as a conservation catalyst on the island of New Guinea
18. Status of tree kangaroo science and conservation in Papua, Indonesia

IV. Conservation Solutions - Roles of Zoos
19. Conservation management of tree kangaroos in captivity
20. Genetics and Husbandry of tree kangaroos in zoos
21. Biology and Health of tree kangaroos in zoos
22. Reproductive biology and behavior of tree kangaroos in zoos
23. The role of zoos in tree kangaroo conservation in New Guinea and Australia

V. Techniques and Technology for the Study of An Elusive Macropod
24. Using telemetry and technology to study the ecology of tree kangaroos
25. Health Aspects of wild tree kangaroos and veterinary techniques
26. Using non-invasive techniques to study tree kangaroos

VI. The Future of Tree Kangaroos
27. Future of conservation and science: What is needed to keep tree kangaroos healthy?
28. Tree kangaroos: Ghosts and icons of the rain forest


Tree Kangaroos: Science and Conservation, a volume in the Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes series, provides an overview of tree kangaroos as a species and their relationship with humans. This exciting, interdisciplinary work on tree kangaroo science and conservation is divided into six major sections: (1) Tree kangaroo evolution, genetics, taxonomy, ecology and behavior, (2) Current and emerging threats, (3) Conservation programs in Australia and New Guinea, with an emphasis on human aspects, (4) The role of zoos in conservation, (5) Techniques and technologies of study, and (6) How to keep tree kangaroos and their landscape healthy.

This series includes titles focused on specific species or taxa across disciplinary boundaries and spatial scales—from genes to landscapes. Volumes are edited and written by prominent scholars and practitioners to illuminate and advance biodiversity science and conservation.

Key Features

  • Includes coverage of all known species and encompasses both Australia and the island of New Guinea
  • Features contributions edited and written by the world’s leading researchers and practitioners who are focused on this scientifically mysterious animal of conservation concern
  • Provides accessible information to specialists, along with information that will appeal to a general scientific or conservation audience


Tree kangaroo scholars and practitioners in the fields of conservation biology, zoology, genetics, behavior, captive breeding, wildlife and habitat management, decision makers in governments within tree kangaroo range states and countries, and academics and students, practitioners, managers, and other professionals around the world involved in conservation science


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About the Series Volume Editors

Lisa Dabek Series Volume Editor

Dr. Lisa Dabek has conducted groundbreaking research on tree kangaroo reproductive biology and behavior starting in the 1980s. She has been actively involved with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Program (AZA TK-SSP) since its inception in 1991. She founded and directs the award-winning and globally recognized Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guinea. She has been a contributor to the AZA Tree Kangaroo Husbandry Manual as well as numerous tree kangaroo workshops, summits, and meetings. She is based at the Woodland Park Zoo as their Senior Conservation Scientist

Affiliations and Expertise

Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington, United States

Peter Valentine Series Volume Editor

Professor Peter Valentine is a long-time member of James Cook University, where he was for many years Head of the Department of Tropical Environment Studies and Geography (later the School of Earth and Environmental Science). He is an acknowledged expert on world heritage areas. He has served on the Australian Heritage Council, worked with the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area since its inception, most recently as Chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority, and has been involved with the Natural Resource Management body for the Wet Tropics (Terrain), including serving as director for eight years. He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, where he served on the international steering committee, and he was editor of the Best Practice Guidelines series for six years. He is currently President of the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group (TKMG), an Australian regional tree kangaroo conservation organization, and is Conservation Officer and Tablelands Convener for Birdlife Australia’s Northern Queensland branch. He has been involved with IUCN Protected Areas and community-based conservation for his entire career. He has spent time at various universities around the world including the University of Hawaii as a professional associate at the East-West Center looking at the role of ecotourism in conservation and at the University of Montana, where he worked on wilderness management.

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

Jacqueline Blessington Series Volume Editor

Jacqueline Blessington was the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Program Coordinator from 2004-2015 and is currently the program advisor. She was co-editor and contributor of the most recent AZA Tree Kangaroo Husbandry Manual. She also coordinated and contributed to eight tree kangaroo workshops, summits, and meetings, including international events in Germany, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Advisor, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Program, Seattle, Washington, United States

Karin R. Schwartz Series Volume Editor