Australia's Amazing Kangaroos
Their Conservation, Unique Biology and Coexistence with Humans
Provides an authoritative source of information and insight into the world of this intriguing marsupial.
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. + Full description
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. The various species have a number of common names, including bettong, kangaroo, pademelon, potoroo, quokka, rat kangaroo, rock wallaby, tree kangaroo, wallaby and wallaroo.
Illustrated in full colour, Australia’s Amazing Kangaroos will give readers insight into the world of this intriguing marsupial – an animal that has pride of place on the Australian Coat of Arms.- Short description
No longer available in a print edition.
"This is a well written and well presented book. Its acknowledgements are a who's who of Australian mammalogy and the photographs are excellent."
Rob Wallis, The Victorian Naturalist 130(1), 2013, pp 57-58
"The book is extremely well presented in an easy to understand format. It is accompanied by excellent photographs and also addresses the sensitive issues of kangaroo control in an informed manner. Well worth a read."
Maureen Skeet, WA Naturalist News, October 2012, pp 57-58
"If you want just one book on kangaroos on your shelf – and what’s an Australian natural history library without one? – this would be a good choice."
Ian Fraser, Natural History Newsletter, No. 18, October 2012
"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Australian fauna and wildlife management or those just wishing to be reminded of just how amazing our marsupials really are."
Dr Mark Eldridge, Explore 34(4), Summer 2012, pp 27
"...my new go-to resource for kangaroo, wallaby, potoroo and bettong information... It is easy-reading, well-structured and covers an impressive array of topics. The technical components detailing kangaroo biology, dentition, genetics and evolution are in-depth but readable."
Deborah Metters, Land of Wildlife South East Queensland, July 2013, pp 13
"This book, which is accessible to general readers, will provide a crucial insight in the life of the kangaroos as well as an engaged discussion on the interactions between people and kangaroos, and the controversies about the control of their population numbers... complex and often emotional issues are discussed by Richardson in a smart manner, in the form of a debate, responding point by point to comments for and against"
Sadrine Ladevèze, The Journal of Mammalian Evolution 22, 2015, pp 453-454
DetailsePDF | July 2012
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ePUB | July 2012
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Written in a free and easy style to inform its audience without being too detailed
- Illustrated in full colour
- Conservation principles and case studies
1. Species characteristics and biology
2. Adaptations and function
4. Kangaroos and humans today
Appendix A: Additional guidelines on animal translocations in Australia
Appendix B: Recovery Plan statutory provisions and objectives
Appendix C: Licence application procedures for harvesting kangaroos from Queensland,New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia
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