It looks like a bear, but isn’t one. It climbs trees as easily as a monkey but isn’t a monkey, either. It has a belly pocket like a kangaroo, but what’s a kangaroo doing up a tree? Meet the amazing Matschie’s tree kangaroo, who makes its home in the ancient trees of Papua New Guinea’s cloud forest. And meet the amazing scientists who track these elusive animals.
To read about scientists tracking tree kangaroos in the cloud forest is an exciting journey as written by Sy Montgomery and accompanied by Nic Bishop's photographs. The text is interesting and the pictures magnificent. The expedition's goal is to find, capture, study, and release tree kangaroos. After the kangaroos are outfitted, they are returned to the wilderness. Collars are implanted with transmitters, internal antenna, and computer chips. In this way, kangaroos send their positions to scientists on the ground and to satellites circling thousands of miles above the earth. Transmitters weigh less than a half pound and fall off after five months. Little is known about tree kangaroos so all information will be groundbreaking. Cloud forests are much less known than tree forests. Cloud forests are amazing, whether reading about them or traveling to Papua New Guinea. Orchids grow everywhere, from fallen logs to cracks in tree bark. Vines grow and cover other plants. Beautiful flowers of every description are plentiful. The group of professionals on this expedition came from all over the world. Supplies for the trip were extensive and included professional gear, as well as necessities for the scientists and native helpers. Various suggestions to children for following up this exciting journey include the opportunity to join an "International Bug Club" with a pen pal in Puqua, New Guinea.