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Australia’s Amazing Kangaroo

Ken Richardson

This book provides an authoritative source of information on kangaroos and their relatives. Topics include: species characteristics and biology, adaptations and function, and conservation. The book also discusses culling and the commercial kangaroo harvest, as well as national attitudes to kangaroos and their value for tourism. There are 71 recognised species of kangaroo found in Australasia. Of these, 46 are endemic to Australia, 21 are endemic to the island of New Guinea, and four species are found in both regions. Illustrated in full colour, Australia’s Amazing Kangaroos will give readers insight into the world of this intriguing marsupial.

Australian Animals

Brad Purcell   University of Western Sydney

Colour plates, Photographs
176 pages, 240 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

Many present-day Australians see the dingo as a threat and a pest to human production systems. An alternative viewpoint, which is more in tune with Indigenous culture, allows others to see the dingo as a means to improve human civilisation. The dingo has thus become trapped between the status of pest animal and totemic creature. This book helps readers to recognise this dichotomy, as a deeper understanding of dingo behaviour is now possible through new technologies which have made it easier to monitor their daily lives.

Recent research on genetic structure has indicated that dingo ‘purity’ may be a human construct and the genetic relatedness of wild dingo packs has been analysed for the first time. GPS telemetry and passive camera traps are new technologies that provide unique ways to monitor movements of dingoes, and analyses of their diet indicate that dietary shifts occur during the different biological seasons of dingoes, showing that they have a functional role in Australian landscapes.

Dingo brings together more than 50 years of observations to provide a comprehensive portrayal of the life of a dingo. Throughout this book dingoes are compared with other hypercarnivores, such as wolves and African wild dogs, highlighting the similarities between dingoes and other large canid species around the world.

Thylacine

The Tragic Tale of the Tasmanian Tiger

David Owen    

Illustrations
240 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin


Is it still out there? Thousands of Australians, including dedicated and serious scientists, claim to keep seeing it still.

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.

A number of Australian species have miraculously reappeared after being labelled as extinct. Perhaps the Tiger is still with us. And if it's not, can it be brought back by cloning?


Flying Foxes

Australian Night Foresters

Vivien Jones    

Colour photographs
192 pages
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing


The Grey-headed Flying-fox, or Pteropus poliocephalus is an Australian native mammal that plays a vital part in maintaining the health of forests along Australia’s eastern coast. The species is crucial to the regeneration of our native hardwood forests and rainforests acting as pollinator and disperser of seeds as it feeds. This book is a brilliant photographic essay about the Grey-Headed Flying-fox.