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Visiting with Tree Kangaroos

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Author Sy Montgomery and her Houghton Mifflin editor Kate O’Sullivan recently got up close and personal with the tree kangaroos at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. Sharing wine, cheese, visits with captive tree roos and their keeper, and stories and images from Quest for the Tree Kangaroo, April 2 festivities raised $400 for Lisa Dabeck’s continued conservation research in Papua, New Guinea.

by Sy Montgomery

About Sy Montgomery

Sibert Medalist Sy Montgomery has studied pink dolphins of the Amazon; she has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire; bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica; undressed by an orangutan in Borneo; and hunted by a tiger in India. She also worked in a pit crawling with eighteen thousand snakes in Manitoba; handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana; and mingled with the world’s largest and most unusual parrots in New Zealand. Along with photographer Nic Bishop, she created the first book published in the Scientists in the Field series: The Snake Scientist. Since then she has written The Tarantula Scientist, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia, Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal, and Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats, all with photographs by Nic Bishop. In 2011, Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot was the Sibert Medal winner for most distinguished informational book. Her most recent book in the series is The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk, with photography by Keith Ellenbogen. She also wrote a book about animal and austim rights spokesperson Temple Grandin called Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism And Changed The World. She next writes about great white sharks. Visit her online at symontgomery.com. Author photo by Sam Marshall.

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