Saving the Tenkile

Mongabay’s article Saving the Tenkile: An Expedition to Protect One of the Most Endangered Animals You’ve Never Heard Of was right – I had never heard of the tenkile.

The tenkile, or the Scott’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus scottae), was discovered in 1989 and there are only an estimated 300 remaining.  According to the Tenkile Conservation Alliance, the tenkile has suffered from a sharp increase of human settlements in the Torricelli mountain range.

Euan Ritchie, an ecology lecturer at Deakin University in Queensland, has teamed up with the Tenkile Conservation Alliance to begin a camera survey in Papua New Guinea’s Torricelli Mountains. As the first comprehensive wildlife camera trap study in the Torricelli range, the study will try to estimate population numbers and habitat of the tenkile, as well as other critically endangered species.  The Mongabay article includes an interview with Euan Ritchie.

Captive tenkile. The species was discovered in 1989. Photo courtesy of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA).

Captive tenkile. The species was discovered in 1989. Photo courtesy of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA).

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