The Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia

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Uncovers the best sites for observing Australia's spectacularly diverse and unique mammals.

Australia has a rich and unique array of animals, including the largest diversity of marsupials on earth. The recent growth in ecotourism has increased the popularity of mammal-spotting, particularly whale and dolphin-watching, but also spotting of perennial tourist favourites such as koalas and kangaroos. Birdwatchers have for many years known of sites where special or difficult-to-see species may be reliably located. However, despite their comparative abundance and spectacular diversity, many of Australia's unique mammals remain under-appreciated because there has been little available information on where to see them – until now. + Full description

For the first time ever, The Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia advises interested amateurs and professionals where to locate many of Australia's mammals. The book describes Australia's best mammal-watching sites state-by-state. It also includes a complete, annotated taxonomic list with hints on finding each species (or why it won't be easy to see); sections on travel and logistics in Australia; and appendices with hints on finding and photographing mammals.

This book will be of interest to anyone wanting to observe or photograph Australian mammals in the wild, mammal enthusiasts, biological field workers and volunteers, tourists and ecotourists.

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"David Andrew is an accomplished author and experienced travel guide, and the scope and coverage of this book shows his expertise to good effect."
British Ecological Society Bulletin, March 2016, pp 83

"This book is a wonderful resource for visitors, but is also a valuable guide for locals... I am excited by the opportunities offered by this book. I will use it as a travel guide to help me locate and hopefully photograph some of our world-renowned and obscure native mammals."
Deborah Metters, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland, January 2016, pp 13

"This is a top-rate guide. Anyone who travels should have one in the glove-box; and anyone who stays at home should have one too."
Nick Goldie, Cooma-Monaro Express, 28/1/16

"This is a comprehensive guidebook is a must for anyone wanting to see Australia's rich and unique array of mammals... This book will be of interest to mammal enthusiasts, biological field workers and volunteers, tourists, and anyone wanting to observe or photograph Australian mammals in the wild. A perfect gift for any wildlife seeker!"
Tilly Reynolds, Park Watch, Vol 263, December 2015, pp 37

"this book is brilliantly put together... It would be foolish to brush off Mammals of Australia as simply a mere field guide, because it is so much more. Naturalists and biologists devoted to mammal-watching have been desperate for a resource such as this, given the sheer amount of similar literature available to bird watchers. Mammals of Australia should now be a vital part of any nature-based expedition."
William Geary, Wild Melbourne (blog), 7/2/16

"Pretty much wherever you go in Australia, this book will enhance your natural history experience... It's fair to say that mammal watching is much harder than birdwatching... But with a decent torch, some patience and this book you might surprise yourself with what you can discover."
Ian Fraser, The Canberra Times, 9/7/16, pp 16

"Finding the Mammals of Australia is an astonishing achievement. It’s thoroughly worth owning if you have any interest in our mammal fauna and if you don’t already have it, eventually, you almost certainly should. David Andrew has done a colossal amount of work here and deserves endless kudos for delivering a long-overdue book."
Chris Watson, The Grip (blog), 26/2/16

"This directory will be useful for the time-limited international traveller who wants simply to know the easiest place to tick off the few iconic species, but also for those prepared to work harder for more of the better hidden species... Hopefully this book can encourage more Australians, and international tourists, to better appreciate the local and familiar, but also make the effort to travel to extraordinary places to seek out the beguiling variety of our mammal fauna."
John Woinarski, The Victorian Naturalist, Vol 133(3), 2016, pp 122-123


ePDF | December 2015
ISBN: 9780643098152
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | December 2015
ISBN: 9781486305407
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Easy-to-read, up-to-date information supported with maps and boxed text
  • Divided by geographical area according to ease of finding each species


About the author
How to use this guide
Introduction to mammal-watching
States and Territories
1. Queensland
2. New South Wales
3. Australian Capital Territory
4. Victoria
5. Tasmania
6. South Australia
7. Western Australia
8. Northern Territory
9. Oceanic islands and external territories
10. Boat-based whale- and dolphin-watching
Colour plates
Mammal-finding Guide
Appendix A: Introduced mammals
Appendix B: Directory
Appendix C: Glossary
Appendix D: Botanical and habitat glossary
Common name index
Scientific name index
Site index


David Andrew has extensive experience in ecotourism, science and government. He established Australia’s first ornithological magazine, the Whitley award-winning Wingspan, and has written or co-written 13 books on travel, wildlife and conservation, as well as articles for magazines and newspapers. He has also presented on television and radio. David is a co-author of The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia.