Koala: Origins of an Icon by Stephen Jackson
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ISBN
9781741750317
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
248
Dimensions
130 x 195mm
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Australia's best-loved animal is recognised around the world, but not much is widely known of its fascinating history and unique ecology.

Adored for its large fluffy ears, spoon-shaped nose and bright button eyes, the koala is universally recognised and revered as an Australian icon. But it hasn't always been so. After coexisting successfully with Aborigines for thousands of years, the koala was considered sloth-like by the early Europeans and valued for little more than its fur, and by the early twentieth century millions of koalas had been hunted, driving the species to near-extinction.

Yet the koala is also one of the most well-adapted and resilient of Australia's marsupials, described by some as a triumph of evolution. How does it survive, and thrive even, on such indigestible fare as eucalyptus leaves, laden as they are with enough toxic phenols to kill most other animals?

In this fascinating story of the koala, respected biologist and author Stephen Jackson examines not only the ecology, behaviour and history of this extraordinary animal, but also ongoing threats such as disease and habitat loss, and the controversial debate about how to best manage the remaining populations of Australia's favourite marsupial.
ISBN:
9781741750317
Publication Date:
01 / 12 / 2007
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
130 x 195mm

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