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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.
Secret Lives of Carnivorous MarsupialsArtist/Author: Baker, Andrew, Chris Dickman
Most living carnivorous marsupials lead a secretive and solitary existence. From tiny insect eaters to the formidable Tasmanian Devil, Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials offers rare insight into the history and habits of these creatures – from their discovery by intrepid explorers and scientists to their unique life cycles and incredible ways of hunting prey.
Secret Lives of Carnivorous Marsupials provides a guide to the world’s 136 living species of carnivorous marsupials and is packed with never-before-seen photos. Biogeography, relationships and conservation are also covered in detail. Readers are taken on a journey through remote Australia, the Americas and dark, mysterious New Guinea – some of the last truly wild places on Earth. The book describes frenzied mating sessions, minuscule mammals that catch prey far larger than themselves, and extinct predators including marsupial lions, wolves and even sabre-toothed kangaroos.
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.
Sugar and sand: the world of the Honey possum.Artist/Author: Wooller Ron and Sue Wooller.
2014 Whitley Award for Conservation Zoology in the Whitley Book Awards of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
Boxes of 24 – can buy direct from the Woollers (can buy in lesser quantity) or from Dennis Jones
Sir David Attenborough’s favourite marsupial. The tiny Honey possum of south-western Australia is unique in the world because it is the only mammal that lives entirely on pollen and nectar. This book explores the ways in which the Honey possum is able to survive in what appears to be a difficult environment. It also includes much on honeyeater birds and the banksias that are the main food plants for honey possums.
My life with kangaroos: a deaf woman’s remarkable story.Artist/Author: Herrmann, Doris, et al.
After a glimpse of kangaroos at Switzerland’s Basel Zoo at the age of three, Doris Herrmann’s life trajectory became clear. Despite overwhelming physical disabilities – Herrmann was born deaf and later lost her sight – she dedicated her life to the study of Australia’s signature marsupials. As a teenager, Herrmann so impressed the zookeepers with her self-directed studies, they granted her greater and greater access, resulting in an array of scientific articles and a reputation as a precocious kangaroo-whisperer. As her fame grew, Australia’s great kangaroo expert Karl H. Winkelstrater took note and invited her to Pebbly Beach to study in the field. Thereafter, Herrmann undertook four decades of travel and research. Sure to be an uplifting read, this book conveys Doris Herrmann’s unique story as a testament to human desire, determination, and, ultimately, joy.
Kangaroo.Artist/Author: Simons, John.
Reaktion Animal Series. Written in a lively and approachable style, Kangaroo relates the story of this creature in Australian and global history, with a particular focus on how the image of the kangaroo has been used and abused. As well as describing the physiology and lifecycle of this unique animal, Simons outlines the kangaroo in indigenous Australian culture. He looks at the fate of the kangaroo on first contact with Europeans, and considers the wider kangaroo diaspora, including zoo animals and wild populations across Japan and the USA. The book also explores the connections between visual representation, cultural meaning, and the current controversy in Australia surrounding kangaroo hunting and eating. Simons demonstrates how the diversity of the kangaroo has frequently been reduced to a single stereotype, and how such misrepresentations now threaten the future of the species. This book will engage all kangaroo lovers, as well as those concerned with animal welfare and conservation, particularly in Australia.
Thylacine: The Tragic Tale of the Tasmanian TigerArtist/Author: Owen, David.
The world’s largest marsupial predator was deliberately hunted to extinction through fear, ignorance and greed. But was it a savage sheep killer or a shy, fussy, nocturnal feeder? And did it really drink its victims’ blood? Once reviled, feared and slaughtered by government decree, the myth of the Tasmanian tiger continues to grow. So treasured is it now, the Tasmanian tiger has become the official logo of the island that wiped it out and a symbol of the conservation movement world-wide.
Kangaroos: their ecology and management in the sheep rangelands of Australia.Artist/Author: Caughley, Graeme, Shepherd, Neil, Short, Jeff.
The management of kangaroos is one of the most controversial issues in Australian wildlife management today – kangaroos are ‘in plague proportions’ or ‘on the verge of extinction’ depending on whom you spoke to last. This book examines the ecology and management of kangaroos and shows how they interact with their own environment and with that shaped by sheep grazing and the wool industry. It presents the results of intensive and detailed studies of feeding behaviour, movement and habitat utilisation, body condition and population dynamics, weather and plant growth. These are then synthesised to produce a clear picture of how kangaroos cope so successfully with the climatic extremes of the arid zone, how they and the sheep jointly affect each other’s fortunes, and what the options are for the future management of kangaroos both within the national parks and on the sheep rangelands.
Paradoxical Platypus: hobnobbing with duckbills.Artist/Author: Fleay, David.
A reprint of David Fleay’s classic work.
Koala: origins of an icon.Artist/Author: Jackson, Stephen.
In this fascinating story of the koala, biologist and author Stephen Jackson examines not only the ecology, behaviour and history of this extraordinary animal, but also ongoing threats such as disease and habitat loss, and the controversial debate about how to best manage the remaining populations of Australia’s favourite marsupial. Also available in hardcover [stock id 26750].
Kangaroo: Portrait of an Extraordinary MarsupialArtist/Author: Jackson, Stephen and Karl Vernes.
Marsupial specialists Stephen Jackson and Karl Vernes examine our sustained fascination with kangaroos – spannning 40,000 years – that allows these engaging marsupials to be instantly recognised by people the world over. This engaging book expands on our understanding of these fascinating marsupials, describing the three types of kangaroos – kangaroos, wallabies and rat kangaroos – and their ecology, history and behaviour. It illustrates their interaction with humans and addresses the issue of how to best manage their populations.
The amazing diversity of this group of animals is revealed, ranging from tiny forest dwellers and tree kangaroos to large majestic animals living on the open plains of central Australia and the giant kangaroos that once roamed the Pleistocene landscape. The authors also investigate the natural history of kangaroos -their unique reproduction methods, intriguing behaviour, varied diet and, of course, that trademark hopping ability- all of which make them such fascinating animals.
Kangaroos and their Relatives: A Wild Australia GuideArtist/Author: Parish, Steve and Karin Cox.
Covers the fifty living macropod species that inhabit the Australian mainland and adjacent islands. This concise guide provides excellent tips for identification in the field, based on appearance, size, behaviour and distribution. The conservation status for each species is also listed.