Friday, January 19, 2007
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea by Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop
I had never even heard of a tree kangaroo before I read this beautiful book. It's a mysterious and endangered species that only lives in a remote part of New Guinea. This is really a book about how scientists do their work, and how exciting it can be to discover new things. A group of American scientists join up with some people from New Guinea to go deep into the forest and look for tree kangaroos. They live in tents in rather miserable, wet conditions, but they are fueled by their excitement to find and track these animals. They capture a couple of them and put computer chips and radio collars on them so they can be studied in the wild. Their habitat is vanishing and their live are in danger, so these scientists are really on a mission to save the tree kangaroos from extinction. The photography is stunning, but I did wish for even more photos of the tree kangaroos rather than of the surrounding forest. Read this if you like animals or if you dream of making discoveries of your own.