Cutbacks In Conservation: Mr. Small At The Smithsonian

Matschie's tree kangaroo is a 2-ft.-tall marsupial with a pink nose and a fuzzy golden belly. Its future is uncertain in its native New Guinea, where rain forests are dwindling and the locals hunt it for food, but 22 are alive and breeding on 3,200 acres of wooded hills in northern Virginia. Unfortunately for Matschie's tree kangaroo, that refuge itself is now on the endangered list.

When the Smithsonian announced that it was closing its Conservation & Research Center (CRC), where veterinarians and biologists work to preserve the rarest species, scientists recognized the handiwork of Lawrence Small, the Institution's controversial secretary...

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