Auther: Terence J. Dawson
Kangaroos are among the strangest of all mammals. This is not so much because they are marsupials and keep their young in a pouch, but because they hop. They are the only large animals in the history of vertebrates to have hopped. In this, the only up-to-date, accessible and scientifically based book on Australia's principal icon, internationally known kangaroo researcher Terry Dawson gets to the heart of what makes these animals special. He shows how many features of their biology, such as their reproductive patterns, social structure and locomotor characteristics; confer great advantages in their adaptations to Australia's harsh climate and demanding environment. In the past these features have often been regarded as primitive or inferior marsupial characteristics. This book is an important contribution to understanding the true nature of Australia's wildlife and environment as it emerges from 200 years of misguided and inappropriate Eurocentric attitudes and exploitation. Besides covering widely the biology, ecology and behaviour of the ten different kinds of Kangaroos, Professor Dawson compares European and Aboriginal cultural attitudes towards them. He explores such issues as hunting habits, conservation, kangaroos as agricultural pests, the economics of kangaroo ranching and the use of their products. Written to convey modern research to a wider audience of general natural history readers, ecotourists, and biology teachers and students, the book will also be of use to those working in t wildlife and environmental management, in ecology and rural industries.
Number of pages: 162
Dimensions: Soft cover , 24cm high x 17.7cm wide x 1.5cm thick