Matthew Power [1974-2014] was an award-winning freelance print and radio journalist and a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine.

Island of Secrets: One man’s journey into the rainforest in search of a mysterious tree kangaroo

The Atavist  |  November 2011

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excerpted in Slate

If geologist, adventurer and risk-prone eccentric John Lane can prove the existence of the elusive tree kangaroo on the remote Pacific island of New Britain, he just might be able to save one of the last truly wild endangered forests on earth. But first he and his ragtag expedition party—college students, adventure-seeking biologists, disinterested local teenagers—will have to find the rare animal. Award-winning journalist Matthew Power plunges into one of the world’s most forbidding jungles alongside Lane. It is a quest that’s equal parts noble, dangerous, and wacky, in a place that’s truly off the map. 

There Will Be Blood

In Pursuit of Peril