Bouncing Back

Hardback - April 2018 - AU $24.95

A beautifully illustrated story of this marsupial's plight and how it was saved from extinction.

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is one of Australia's most threatened species. When their existence came under extreme threat from habitat loss, predators and human development, Eastern Barred Bandicoots found refuge in the most unlikely of places – a rubbish tip. This captivating true story details the plight these small, nocturnal marsupials faced, and the outstanding efforts that ensured their protection. Written by Rohan Cleave and illustrated by Coral Tulloch, Bouncing Back shows that even on the brink of extinction, there is hope for the survival of our most vulnerable species. + Full description

Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch's first book, Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, won a Whitley Award for Children's Natural History Book and was an Honour Book in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards (Eve Pownall Information Book category).

Bouncing Back is perfect for primary aged readers.

- Short description


Hardback | April 2018 | $ 24.95
ISBN: 9781486308279 | 32 pages | 220 x 285 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour illustrations


  • Remarkable story of a charismatic marsupial saved from the brink of extinction by an outstanding team effort
  • From the author and illustrator of the 2016 CBCA-shortlisted Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect
  • The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is one of Zoos Victoria's 21 priority species. You can visit them in the Bandicoot Hideout at Werribee Open Range Zoo.


Rohan Cleave is a zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo, where he has been involved in the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect recovery breeding program since 2003. He now manages the program at Melbourne Zoo.

Coral Tulloch is an award-winning illustrator who has worked on close to 60 fiction and non-fiction books for children, both in Australia and internationally.

For Teachers

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