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The Mammals of Australia Steve Van Dyck

The Mammals of Australia

Steve Van Dyck

Published April 1st 2006
ISBN : 9781877069253
Hardcover
888 pages
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Written in a style readily understood by the general reader, this book surveys the rich and varied world of Australian mammals, including such creatures as koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, dingos, and wombats. Because of the continentsMoreWritten in a style readily understood by the general reader, this book surveys the rich and varied world of Australian mammals, including such creatures as koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, dingos, and wombats. Because of the continents isolation, Australian mammals have developed as no where else on earth. The native fauna is composed largely of marsupials (pouched mammals) and monotremes (egg-laying mammals). A magnificent photographic record, this book provides an account of every native species as well as introduced species now living in a wild state. Each species account summarizes behavior and habitat, diet, reproduction and growth, and factors that lead to death. Covering everything that is known about an animals current biology and survival status, the book presents detailed statistical information alongside the fascinating and peculiar details of animals lives. Many of the creatures depicted here are shy, rare, and unfamiliar to the general reader. Many are threatened with extinction. Mammals of Australia can only aid in fostering appreciation of their fragility and uniqueness.