887 pages, 477 col photos, 383 distribution maps
Written in an accessible style, the book provides an account of every species of native mammal known to have existed in Australia since European Settlement; 389 in total.
Beautifully illustrated with full-colour photographs, each species account includes a detailed description of the animal and its behaviour, a distribution map and a fact box that gives size, identification features, synonyms and alternative common names, subspecies, conservation status and abundance.
The result of many years of intensive research, The Mammals of Australia has been written by more than 240 authors, all acknowledged experts who have worked in the field with the species they describe.
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Ronald Strahan, was an academic zoologist before becoming director of Sydney's Taronga Zoo. In 1974 he was appointed as the Australian Museum's first Reseacher Fellow and subsequently as the Executive Officer of the Museum's National Photographic Index of Australian terrestrial vertebrates. In 1994 he was admitted to membership of the Order of Australia for "contributions to zoology and the understanding of Australia's natural heritage".