This book provides a clear and accessible account of kangaroos, showing how their reproductive patterns, social structure and other aspects of their biology make them well adapted to Australia's harsh climate and demanding environment. Since the last edition of this book nearly 20 years ago, much more is now known about the biology and ecology of these iconic animals. This completely revised edition describes these new perspectives and attempts to counter the many urban and rural myths that still exist.
Preface to the first edition
1 What are kangaroos?
2 Types of kangaroo
3 Population structure, dispersal and mortality
4 Social organisation
5 Reproductive biology
6 Life history
7 Living in the environment - feeding
8 Living in the environment - environmental physiology
9 Kangaroos and humans - Aborigines
10 Kangaroos and humans - Europeans
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Terence Dawson has studied kangaroos for 45 years, largely at the UNSW, including 30 years as a Professor. Although he retired in 2002, he still actively researches. He has authored over 160 refereed publications and two books. He initiated the UNSW Press Australian Natural History Series, and was the founding Series Editor.