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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.
Kangaroos.Artist/Author: Dawson, Terence J.
Australian Natural History Series. Since the last edition of this book nearly 20 years ago, much more is now known about the biology and ecology of these iconic animals. This completely revised edition describes these new perspectives and attempts to counter the many urban and rural myths that still exist. This book provides a clear and accessible account of kangaroos, showing how their reproductive patterns, social structure and other aspects of their biology make them well adapted to Australia’s harsh climate and demanding environment.
Terence J Dawson has studied kangaroos for 45 years, largely at the UNSW, including 30 years as a Professor. Although he retired in 2002, he still actively researches. He has authored over 160 refereed publications and two books. He initiated the UNSW Press Natural History Series, and was the initial series editor.
Thylacine: the tragic tale of the Tasmanian tiger.Artist/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 marsupial.Artist/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 guide.Artist/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.
Handbook of the mammals of the world [HMW], volume five: monotremes and marsupials.Artist/Author: Wilson, Don E. and Russell A. Mittermeier, editors.
This marsupial volume is Winner of the 2016 Whitley Medal, awarded to outstanding publications in Australasian Zoology.
This is a companion work to the Handbook of birds of the world [HBW]. This series illustrates and describes all the mammal species of the world and is to be completed in nine volumes.
Contents of the series
Volume one: Carnivores
Volume two: Hoofed mammals
Volume three: Primates
Volume four: Sea mammals
Volume five: Marsupials
Volume six: Lagomorphs and Rodents I
Volume seven: Rodents II
Volume eight: Insectivores
Volume nine: Bats