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Tree Kangaroos - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128146750, 9780128146767

Tree Kangaroos

1st Edition

Science and Conservation

Series Volume Editors: Lisa Dabek Peter Valentine Jacqueline Blessington Karin Schwartz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128146750
eBook ISBN: 9780128146767
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th November 2020
Page Count: 498
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Table of Contents

1. What is a Tree Kangaroo? Evolutionary History, Adaptation to a life in the Trees, Taxonomy, Genetics, Biogeography, and Conservation Status
2. What Is a Tree Kangaroo? Biology, Ecology, and Behavior

3. Conservation of Australian Tree Kangaroos: Current Issues and Future Prospects
4. Threats to New Guinea’s Tree Kangaroos

5. Community Conservation For Tree Kangaroos
6. Rehabilitation of Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo Joeys
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 to Protect Tree Kangaroos
11. Land-Use Planning for a Sustainable Future in Papua New Guinea
12. A Model Tree Kangaroo Conservation Ranger Program in Papua New Guinea
13. Community-Based Conservation on the Huon Peninsula: The Model of the YUS Conservation Area
14. Strengthening Community Conservation Commitment through Sustainable Livelihoods
15. Using a One Health Model: Healthy Village Healthy Forest
16. Building Conservation Leadership in Papua New Guinea for Tree Kangaroo Conservation
17. Status of Tree Kangaroo Science and Conservation in Indonesian New Guinea

18. Tree Kangaroo Populations in Managed Facilities
19. Genetics and General Husbandry of Tree Kangaroos in Zoos
20. Biology and Health of Tree Kangaroos in Zoos
21. Reproductive Biology and Behavior of Tree Kangaroos in Zoos
22. The Role of Zoos in Tree Kangaroo Conservation: Connecting Ex Situ and In Situ Conservation Action

23. Using Telemetry and Technology to Study the Ecology of Tree Kangaroos
24. Investigating Matschie’s Tree Kangaroos with ‘Modern’ Methods: Digital Workflows and Approaches for a Holistic Conservation Governance
25. Veterinary Techniques for the Assessment of Health in Wild Tree Kangaroos
26. Using Non-Invasive Techniques to Study Tree Kangaroos

27. The Future of Tree Kangaroo Conservation and Science
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 kangaroo 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, behavior, and conservation status; (2) current and emerging threats to the species; (3) conservation programs in Australia and New Guinea with an emphasis on the human aspect of conservation; (4) the role of zoos in conservation solutions; (5) techniques and technologies to study this elusive marsupial; and (6) what is needed to keep tree kangaroos and their landscapes healthy in the future.

The series on Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes 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

    1. Includes coverage of all known tree kangaroo species
    2. Features contributions edited and written by the world’s leading researchers and practitioners focusing on these scientifically mysterious marsupials
    3. Provides accessible scientific and general information to a wide audience including students, academics, researchers, conservation professionals, policy makers, business leaders, zoo professionals, health professionals, and people interested in community-based conservation
    4. Presents the current knowledge of tree kangaroos, helping to lay the foundations and best practices for future conservation and research in Australia and New Guinea


    Tree kangaroo scholars and practitioners in the fields of conservation biology, zoology, genetics, behavior, captive breeding, and 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

    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, WA, United States

    Peter Valentine

    Professor Peter Valentine is a long-time member of James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, 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, Hawaii, USA, as a professional associate at the East-West Center looking at the role of ecotourism in conservation and at the University of Montana, Montana, USA, where he worked on wilderness management.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia

    Jacqueline Blessington

    Jacque 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

    Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan® Advisor, Kansas City, MO, United States

    Karin Schwartz

    Karin R. Schwartz is a conservation biologist with expertise in data management processes for maintaining threatened species in managed facilities and a data management advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan® (SSP), Cheetah SSP, Monotreme and Marsupial Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), and Tapir TAG. At the international level, Karin is an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Conservation Planning, Conservation Translocation, Tapir, and Otter Specialist Groups. Currently, she is the Scientific Coordinator of Ex Situ Partners for ConservationFIT, a project by WildTrack, to develop algorithms for non-invasive Footprint Identification Technology from footprint photos for cheetah, jaguar, snow leopard, and puma in zoological facilities. FIT can then be used to monitor these threatened big cat species in the wild through their footprints.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan® Advisor, Milwaukee, WI, United States