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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.
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.
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 AustraliaArtist/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 IconArtist/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.
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.
Handbook of the Mammals of the World [HMW], Volume 5: Monotremes and MarsupialsArtist/Author: Wilson, Don E. and Russell A. Mittermeier, editors.
Platypus, Echidnas, Opossums, Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, and Wombats – Monotremes and Marsupials include a host of animals that have intrigued mammal fanciers for centuries. Monotremes are a very distinctive ancient group of mammals with only a handful of extant species in Australia and New Guinea, and Marsupials, with roots in South America, likely reached Australia via Antarctica some 50 million years ago. With relatives remaining in America, Marsupials have adapted to an amazing diversity of lifestyles and habitats. Volume 5 of HMW provides complete coverage of these two important groups of mammals. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs showing different behaviors of all of them, the text contains the latest up-to-date information on all families of Monotremes and Marsupials, both Australasian and American.