YUS Conservation Area

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YUS Conservation Area
Matschies tree kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei at Bronx Zoo 1 cropped.jpg
Matschie's tree-kangaroo, an endangered endemic species found in YUS
Map showing the location of YUS Conservation Area
Map showing the location of YUS Conservation Area
Location in Papua New Guinea
Location Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Nearest city Lae
Coordinates 5°53′54″S 146°48′15″E / 5.89833°S 146.80417°E / -5.89833; 146.80417Coordinates: 5°53′54″S 146°48′15″E / 5.89833°S 146.80417°E / -5.89833; 146.80417
Area 760 km2 (290 sq mi)
Established 2009

YUS Conservation Area is a protected area on the Huon Peninsula, Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. It was established in 2009[1] as Papua New Guinea's first conservation area, and named after the Yopno, Uruwa and Som rivers that flow through it.[2] The 760 km² area of tropical forests is stretching from coral reefs off the northern coast to the 4,000-metre peaks of the western Saruwaged Mountains. It is a critical habitat for the endangered endemic Matschie's tree-kangaroo.[3]

While the land remains under local customary ownership, villagers from 35 villages have formally committed to prohibit all hunting, logging and mining within the land that has been pledged to the conservation area.[3]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The YUS area provides habitat for 268 species of bird, 44 species of mammal and 26 species of frog. Birds include the palm cockatoo, dwarf cassowary, Pesquet's parrot, emperor bird-of-paradise, Wahnes's parotia and Huon astrapia. Mammals include the common spotted cuscus, striped possum, small dorcopsis, Brown's pademelon and mountain cuscus.[4]


To establish the YUS Conservation Area, Woodland Park Zoo's Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) has worked with local landowners and the PNG government for more than 12 years. TKCP was supported by Conservation International, National Geographic, and BMU (German Ministry for Environment) through KfW (German Development Bank) as part of the International Climate Change Initiative.[3]

A team of 12 rangers has been established in 2012, that help to map and patrol the area.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Conservation International: YUS, retrieved 19 May 2010
  2. ^ Conservation International, retrieved 19 May 2010
  3. ^ a b c Wildlife Extra: Papua New Guinea declares first National Conservation Area to protect tree kangaroos, retrieved 19 May 2010
  4. ^ Ziembicki, Mark and Laman, Tim: "Cultural Conservation" in Australian Geographic, nr.120, 2014
  5. ^ Woodland Park Zoo: "Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program - Annual Report 2013"

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