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Koala : a natural history and an uncertain future / Danielle Clode.

Clode, Danielle, (author.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 599.25 CLO (Text) 33500013737234 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781324036838
  • ISBN: 1324036834
  • Physical Description: 322 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Australia in 2022 as Koala: A Life in Trees by Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Books Pty Ltd."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
PART I -- INTO THE WOODS -- Koalas Rare and Plenty -- PART II -- FROM FOSSILS AND BONES -- Dropbears in the Family -- The Lakes District -- From the Gulf to the Sea -- A Giant at the Foot of the World -- PART III -- LIFE IN THE FOREST -- Anatomy of a Climber -- The Eucalypt Empire -- You Are What You Eat -- The Guts of the Problem -- PART IV -- A LIFE IN REFLECTION -- From Pouch to Piggyback -- Sociable Loners -- When It's Smart to Be Slow -- Sensory Overload -- PART V -- EVERYTHING CHANGES -- Koalas Far and Wide -- A New Arrival -- The English Annexation -- War and Guns -- Saving the Koala -- PART VI -- FUTURE TENSE -- Sex, Disease and Genetic Diversity -- Expansion and Retreat -- Under Fire -- In a Perfect World.
Summary, etc.:
"A biologist takes us into the still mysterious world of koalas, from their marsupial ancestors to current threats to their existence. Koalas are one of the most beloved animals, but despite their celebrity, we are just learning much about their nature and history. Blending evolutionary biology, natural history, and ecology, biologist Danielle Clode tells us the story of these amazing marsupials. She looks at fossils of ancestral giant koalas three times modern koalas' size and explains why they are the lone survivor of a once diverse family tree. Clode investigates their nature-often affectionate but can also be belligerent-and their physiology-from their pouches to their gut bacteria, which can only digest leaves of the species of gum tree they were raised on. She also warns about the danger koalas have been in as humans have impinged on their habitats through land clearance and urban development. Now, Australia's explosive wildfires threaten them each summer, killing and harming them as never before. Clode takes us close to these extraordinary creatures and speaks to why and how we need to save them"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 January #1
    Cuddly koalas may be ubiquitous in children's literature, but there aren't that many adult tales out there, a situation that author and animal behavior specialist Clode seeks to redress in this engaging, authoritative overview. Koalas, a genetically unique Australian marsupial, were generally ignored for centuries but are now the subject of international convocations. Clode reviews current research findings on their origins, migration patterns, life cycles, historic and contemporary interactions with humans, conservation efforts, and chances of survival in the face of climate change and habitat loss (it's estimated that as much as 40 percent of Australia's koala population perished in the 2021 wildfires). Clode shares enlightening details about her numerous interactions with koalas, including encounters in the wild, zoos, animal sanctuaries, and her own backyard. She interviews experts ranging from animal biologists and park rangers to Indigenous storytellers, bringing in elements of Australia's social and political history as she describes how koala populations have migrated and adapted. She ends on a cautiously positive note, giving hope that koalas will be around for future generations. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Koala > Australia.
Koala > Ecology > Australia.
Koala > Habitat > Australia.
Australia.

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