Researchers from the Seattle-based Woodland Park Zoo recently traveled to Papua New Guinea in a partnership with National Geographic Crittercam to learn more about the habits of the endangered tree kangaroo population. These adorable – and elusive – creatures were outfitted with small camera devices that enabled scientists to get a glimpse of their eating and grooming habits, which typically take place 70 to 100 feet above ground. And what’s even cooler is that they were able to see a gorgeous sunrise from top of the tree canopy from the perspective of the tree kangaroo. Watch the video to see it yourself.
This research also helped scientists make the case for conservation of these forests, and this year, over 187,000 acres of tree kangaroo habitat were designated a Conservation Area by Papua New Guinea. That’s good news for PNG and for tree kangaroos.
- Nat Geo Expeditions