|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Date||9 Jun 2005|
The Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) a non-government organization was established in Papua New Guinea in 2001. Its primary goal is to save the critically endangered Scott’s Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus scottae) or Tenkile from extinction. Restricted to approximately 40 square kilometers of the Torricelli Mountains, Sandaun Province the Tenkile occurs on land entirely owned by 18 villages. Hunting is considered one of the primary threats to the Tenkile whose population is estimated at only 100 animals. These factors make it imperative that any conservation effort engages local communities. Since 2003, the TCA has been conducting conservation education programs, providing alternative protein sources to villages and conducting research in the Torricelli Mountains to monitor the animal populations.
The Rufford Small Grant has provided funding for TCA’s conservation education program. The aim of this project is to support conservation of Tenkile, through development and delivery of conservation education programs within the Torricelli Mountains. The program aims to enable local people to make informed choices on how to use their natural resources, through:
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