Torricelli Mountains

June 2006

Conservation benefit: Protection of two species of tree kangaroo
Community benefit: Village chicken farming project

Two of the most endangered mammals in the world live in the remote rainforest of the Torricelli Mountains in northwestern Papua New Guinea. Both are tree kangaroos, marsupials adapted to life in the tropical canopy. One is Scott’s tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus scottae), locally known as the Tenkile; the other is the golden-mantled tree kangaroo (D. pulcherimus), locally called the Weimang.  The populations of Tenkile and Weimang could be as low as 100 individuals. Still, local people, who have few options for food, hunt and eat them.

To save the Tenkile and Weimang, the local people know they need to provide themselves with an alternative protein source. A grant from Seacology grant will support a chicken farming program. In return, the villagers will sign a hunting ban on all species for two years and establish a conservation area covering 37,065 acres. A local organization, the Tenkile Conservation Alliance, will help the villagers, over the next two to three years, turn this area into a formal Conservation Area recognized by PNG law. The process is already underway. Full or partial funding for this project provided by

Project Updates
March 2015
The hunting ban has allowed the population of Tenkile (Scott's tree kangaroo) to triple, to about 300, and habitat is still being protected. This is great progress, though the Tenkile is still...
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January 2009
In June 2008, project leaders returned a final report with photos and financial reporting to field representative Helen Perks. A full supply of hens for each community was not complete at the time...
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June 2007
From October 2006 through April 2007 representatives from each clan of the 18 villages participating in the project met to discuss the conservation area and establish boundaries for the no-hunting...
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January 2007
All documentation was returned to Seacology in October 2006. Plans for October 2006 through April 2007 include coordinating conservation area meetings and patrols and purchasing and transporting...
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