A new children's book follows the efforts of the Woodland Park Zoo's conservation director as she saves tree kangaroos in the mountains...

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A new children’s book follows the efforts of the Woodland Park Zoo’s conservation director as she saves tree kangaroos in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.

“Quest for the Tree Kangaroo” (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, $18) describes a trek into the cloud forest by director Lisa Dabek, fellow researchers and a team of indigenous people. Dabek founded the zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in 1996 and conducts fieldwork in Papua New Guinea each year. According to the zoo, the endangered tree kangaroo is “one of the rarest, strangest and least understood creatures on the planet.”

Dabek will join “Quest” author Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop for a slide-illustrated lecture and book signing between 2 and 4 p.m. Oct. 14, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Fourth Floor, Room 1. They will also read and sign books from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park Town Centre, 17171 Bothell Way N.E.