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Those Wild Rabbits: How They Shaped AustraliaArtist/Author: Munday, Bruce
A century ago Australia was home to 10 billion rabbits, thriving in their adopted home. Storyteller Bruce Munday finds the rabbit saga irresistible – the naive hopes of the early settlers, the frustration, environmental damage, cost to agriculture, dreams shattered, and the lessons learned and ignored.
Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done but also Australia’s missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush’s paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a significant rural industry and is still recalled with nostalgia. More importantly, it offers hope for a brighter future, making the case for continued research to drive the next rabbit-control miracle, because rabbit plagues of the past will become the future unless we capture the history and embrace the lessons.
Awarded the Keain Medal for the South Australian Historical Book of the Year, 2017
Saving the Tasmanian Devil: Recovery through Science-based ManagementArtist/Author: Hogg, Carolyn, Samantha Fox, David Pemberton, Katherine Belov
The Tasmanian devil is threatened by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a transmissible form of cancer that has reduced the population by over 80%. Hunting, extreme climate events, vehicle collision and habitat destruction also put pressure on this endangered species. The recovery effort to save the Tasmanian devil commenced over 15 years ago as a collaborative initiative between the Tasmanian government, the Australian government, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia, and many research institutions.
Saving the Tasmanian Devil documents the journey taken by partner organisations in discovering what DFTD is, the effect it has on wild devil populations, and the outcomes achieved through research and management actions. Chapters describe all aspects of devil conservation, including the captive devil populations, applied pathology, immunology and genetic research findings, adaptive management, and the importance of advocacy and partnerships. Saving the Tasmanian Devil will provide management practitioners and conservation scientists with insight into the complexities of undertaking a program of this scale, and will also be of value to researchers, students and others interested in conservation.
Cats in Australia: Companion and KillerArtist/Author: Woinarski, John, Sarah Legge, Chris Dickman
A discussion of the impact of cats, their relationship with people, and their management.
Across the world, cats are loved as pets or are kept or tolerated for their role in controlling some animal pests. But cats, both pets and feral, also kill many native animals and this toll can be enormous. Cats have been remarkably successful in Australia, spreading pervasively across the continent and many islands, occurring in all environments, and proving to be adept and adaptable hunters. A large proportion of Australia’s distinctive fauna is threatened and recent research highlights the significant role that cats play in the decline and extinction of native species.
Cats in Australia brings this research together, documenting the extent to which cats have subverted, and are continuing to subvert, Australia’s biodiversity. But the book does much more than spotlight the impacts of cats on Australian nature. It describes the origins of cats and their global spread, their long-standing and varying relationship with people, their global impacts and their ecology. It also seeks to describe the challenge of managing cats, and the options available to constrain their impacts.
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammals of AustraliaArtist/Author: Rowland, Peter (Author), Chris Farrell (Author)
This easy-to-use identification guide to the 300 mammal species most commonly seen in Australia is perfect for resident and visitor alike.
High quality photographs from Australia’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers the geography and climate of Australia, types of habitat, and details of orders and families. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of Australia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its global IUCN status.
A Bat’s End: The Christmas Island Pipistrelle and Extinction in AustraliaArtist/Author: Woinarski, John
The compelling story of a bat, the scientists who tried to save it, its island habitat – and its extinction.
On the evening of 26 August 2009, the last known pipistrelle emerges from its day-time shelter on Christmas Island. Scientists, desperate about its conservation, set up a maze of netting to try to catch it. It is a forlorn and futile exercise – even if captured, there is little future in just one bat. But the bat evades the trap easily, and continues foraging. It is not recorded again that night, and not at all the next night. The bat is never again recorded. The scientists search all nearby areas over the following nights. It has gone. There are no more bats. Its corpse is not, will never be, found. It is the silent, unobtrusive death of the last individual. It is extinction.
This book is about that bat, about those scientists, about that island. But mostly it is an attempt to understand that extinction; an unusual extinction, because it was predicted, witnessed and its timing is precise.
A Bat’s End is a compelling forensic examination of the circumstances and players surrounding the extinction of the Christmas Island pipistrelle. A must-read for environmental scientists, policy-makers, and organisations and individuals with an interest in conservation.
The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia: An Early Account by A.E. NewsomeArtist/Author: Newsome, Thomas, Alan Newsome
A unique insight into one of Australia’s most iconic land mammals.
The red kangaroo is at the heart of Australia’s ecological identity. It is Australia’s largest terrestrial land mammal, the largest extant marsupial, and the only kangaroo truly restricted to Australia’s arid interior. Almost nothing was known about the ecology of the red kangaroo when Alan Newsome began to study it in 1957. He discovered how droughts affect reproduction, why red kangaroos favour different habitats during droughts from those after rains, and that unprecedented explosions in red kangaroo numbers were caused by changes to the landscape wrought by graziers. Most importantly, he realised the possibilities of enriching western science with Indigenous knowledge, a feat recognised today as one of the greatest achievements of his career.
First drafted in 1975 and now revised and prepared for publication by his son, The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia captures Alan’s thoughts as a young ecologist working in Central Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. It will inspire a new generation of scientists to explore Australia’s vast interior and study the extraordinary adaptations of its endemic mammals. It will also appeal to readers of other classics of Australian natural history, such as Francis Ratcliffe’s Flying Fox and Drifting Sand and Harry Frith’s The Mallee Fowl, The Bird that Builds an Incubator.
Whales of Sydney: and other Visitors to our ShoresArtist/Author: Liebschner, Jonas
Whales of Sydney is a spectacular photographic book that documents the annual migration of Humpback Whales past the coast of iconic city of Sydney from mid-May to the beginning of December. Showcasing not only the majestic whales but all marine life that can be see during this time, the book demonstrates the whale’s breathtaking behaviours and the interaction between them and the humans watching as well. Sydney has one of the longest humpback whale migrations spanning almost six months and sees a large number of whales swimming past its shores with an estimated number of more than 25,000 individuals at the end of 2016, increasing by about 10% each year. All whale photography has been captured over the past ten years by wildlife photographer Jonas Liebschner, who spends most of his days out at sea during whale watching season, trying to capture these magic moments.
About the Author: Jonas Liebschner was born on the 19th of October 1985 in Worms,Germany. After finishing school he started an internship at a German advertising agency for which he worked for the next 2.5 years as a graphic designer, flash developer and project manager. He decided to quit his job and left for New Zealand in 2007, where he travelled the north island for six months. By coincidence he was offered a job as a tour guide with Whale Watch Kaikoura that saw him taking tourists out to see the whales for the next six months. Photography has always been a passion of Jonas, so while he was not paid to take pictures of whales in Kaikoura, he started taking his camera out and took pictures of what he saw on a daily basis.
Field Guide to Australian MammalsArtist/Author: Hall, Les and Steve Parish.
This user friendly guide provides essential information on over 260 mammal species commonly found in Australia. This guide teams full colour photographs and biological information with the natural history of the animal’s environment, habitat and evolution. Also included are interesting snippets and fascinating facts about each family and genus, and how Australian mammals came to be so different from those on other continents. Also includes a section on wildlife photography by award winning photographer Steve Parish.
Radiology of Australian MammalsArtist/Author: Vogelnest, Larry and Graeme Allan, editors.
Interest in the conservation and welfare of Australian native wildlife continues to grow and veterinarians are now frequently asked to treat these animals and be involved in conservation programs for threatened and endangered species. In Australia and overseas, Australian mammals are used in research, kept as pets and are popular display animals in zoos and fauna parks. This book gives a detailed account of the unique radiographic anatomy of Australian mammals. It provides veterinary practitioners and zoologists with descriptions and images of normal radiographic anatomy, which will be valuable in the study of these animals and assist with the diagnosis of injury and disease knowing what is normal is essential in order to recognise what is abnormal. A discussion of the importance of radiographic technique, covering restraint and positioning of the animal to obtain diagnostic images, is followed by chapters showing the normal radiographic anatomy of short-beaked echidnas, platypus, macropods, koalas, wombats, dasyurids, possums and gliders, bandicoots and the bilby, and bats. Each chapter includes a detailed description of anatomy relevant to radiography and multiple images of normal radiographs with outlines and annotations highlighting structures and organs. This book also includes a chapter on dental radiology, as well as radiographic pathology case studies describing common diseases and injuries that can be readily diagnosed on radiographs, which will assist veterinary practitioners in making diagnoses in their patients. A checklist of the mammals of Australia and its territories and a glossary of abbreviations and terms used for annotation of images complete the volume.
Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the ThylacineArtist/Author: Freeman, Carol.
Images of animals generate perceptions that have a profound effect on attitudes toward species. Paper Tiger considers the role of illustrations in the demise of the thylacine or Tasmanian ‘tiger’. It critiques 80 engravings, lithographs, drawings and photographs published between 1808 and 1936, paying attention to the messages they convey, the politics of representation, and the impact on the lives of animals. This approach challenges conventional histories, offers new understandings of human-animal interactions, and presents a chilling story of just how misleading and powerful visual representation can be. It demonstrates how pictures, together with words, can have a vital influence on species’ survival.
Field Companion to The Mammals of AustraliaArtist/Author: van Dyck, Steve, Ian Gynther and Andrew Baker, Editors.
A Natural History of Australian Bats: Working the Night ShiftArtist/Author: Richards, Greg, Les Hall and Steve Parish.
Focuses on the natural history of Australian bats. The authors take the reader through the nation’s broad bioregions, describe what bats do in them, the ecosystem services that they provide, and some of the places where they can be seen. The book also features a brief description of the bat species in Australia, a section on bat myths, and stories and rock art from indigenous Australians. It is enhanced by stunning photographs from Steve Parish, most of which have never been seen before.
Greg Richards and Les Hall have both studied bats for over 40 years and together have compiled information Australia-wide and overseas. As professional wildlife scientists, they have always been
fascinated by these animals.
Steve Parish is a naturalist, photographer, publisher and promoter of nature and our environment, and has immersed himself in the natural world of Australia for the past five decades.