Youth art aids Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program.
Through the Exchange, local Rhode Island students and students from PNG learned about the similarities and differences in the culture, lifestyle, wildlife and conservation issues of the US and PNG. In beautiful postcards and drawings, Rhode Island children shared a slice of local life and PNG students responded with their versions of the same--stories of their "tsing-tsings" (culturally symbolic dances), descriptions of the mountains and rainforests, and pictures of tree kangaroos.
The goal of the exchange, according to Zoo Education Curator Robbie Fearn, is to create a universal understanding of environmental stewardship and respect for neighbors in faraway lands. "Science does not save species, people do," says Fearn. "The exchange of art and ideas between students in the US and in Papua New Guinea creates this caring connection that will translate into protection of wild places."
The TKCP is an award-winning conservation program based at Roger Williams Park Zoo that is dedicated to saving the Matschie's tree kangaroo from extinction. To date, the program is responsible for establishing more than 75,000 acres of PNG rainforest as a conservation area.
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|Title Annotation:||News from Zoos|
|Publication:||Endangered Species Update|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2004|
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