AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE ON YOUR DOORSTEP
BY STEPHANIE JACKSON
Second / updated edition
Published by New Holland Publishers
Almost 90 per cent of Australians live in urban areas, but with coastal regions, national parks, wetlands, and other natural environments within easy reach of most cities and towns, wild creatures are on the doorstep of each and every one of us.
This unique book, with more than 300 stunning images of wild creatures in their natural habitats, is suitable for readers of all ages and encourages everyone to open their eyes to the wonders of nature that are all around us.
This is a book that tempts readers to lazily browse through its colourful illustrations for an emotive visual experience before settling down to read the detailed information about each of the more than 100 featured wild creatures that include mammals and reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects, all of which are invaluable members of Australia’s wildlife communities.. Written in a language that’s easy to comprehend and devoid of scientific jargon, the text provides far more than a description of the lifestyle of each species, for it includes fascinating and little known facts about their amazing lives and in, some cases, details the history of their discovery and the current threats to their survival.
Did you know that the Rainbow Lorikeet shared James Cook’s epic voyage in 1770 and became the first Australia bird to spread its wings over British shores? Were you aware that White-winged Choughs occasionally kidnap the fledglings of neighbouring family groups or of the grim fact that more than 4,000 kolas are killed by cars each year?
With hints of humour blended with swathes of detailed information, Australian Wildlife On Your Doorstep offers a delightful insight into the natural wonders that are never far away in the land down under.
Page Extent: 288 pages
Book Size: 210 x 170 mm