RESOURCES - Books - Mammals

Here is a list of available reference books on mammals. Some of the older books may be out of print, but you may still be able to find them in libraries, and through specialist or second-hand book stores. Please contact us to let us know your favourites, please include the title, publisher and ISBN.  If you'd like, also a short description of why you like it!

BATS    
  AUSTRALIAN BATS Sue Churchill (New Holland) ISBN
1 876334 07 X
 
DOLPHINS & WHALES    
  WHALES DOLPHINS & PORPOISES Mark Carwadine (Dorling Kindersley) ISBN
0 7513 1030 1
Detailed information on all species. Excellent reference for species identification in the field. Midget-sized version also available
  Other books    See Orrca website, click on 'Research', and then 'Book List'
GENERAL    
  AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS: Biology & Captive Management Stephen Jackson (CSIRO ISBN
0 643066 35 7
548 page hardcover book with B&W illustrations. A comprehensive and authoritative guide to the husbandry of Australian marsupials and other mammals in captivity. A practical guide for wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, etc.
(2004 RRP $240)
  CARING FOR AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE Sharon White (Australian Geographic) ISBN
1 86276 021 7
 
  FIELD GUIDE TO MAMMALS OF AUSTRALIA Peter Menkhorst and Frank Knight (Oxford University Press) ISBN
0 195508 70 X
2001, 269 pp. A well written and illustrated field guide covering 379 Australian mammal species.  Highly regarded, a very useful addition for anyone needing to identify Australian mammals (includes some introduced species also).
MAMMALS OF AUSTRALIA R Strahan (New Holland) ISBN
1 876334 88 6
756 pp Describes every species of mammal in Australia. (2004 RRP $115)
  MAMMALS OF AUSTRALIA - Green Guide Terrence Lindsey (New Holland) ISBN
1 864363 07 X
 
  NEST BOX BOOK, THE  (Gould League Press) ISBN
1 875687 34 3
 
  PLATYPUS: The extraordinary story of how a curious creature baffled the word Ann Moyal (Allan & Unwin) ISBN:
1 56098 977 7
2002, 226 pp. Includes a history of the 'discovery' of the platypus, and the debates that followed. Some of the early sketches are almost humorous given our current knowledge of the animal. Provides insights not only into the biology of the platypus, but the history (and politics) of biology.
  TRACKS, SCATS & OTHER TRACES Barbara Triggs (Oxford Press) ISBN
0 19 853643 6
Useful for anyone wishing to find or identify animals by their traces (including droppings and tracks).  Includes photos of scats from various species, as well as photos of tracks, dens, diggings etc. Comes highly recommended.
  TREE HOLLOWS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN AUSTRALIA Philip Gibbons and David Lindenmayer (CSIRO) ISBN
0 643 06705 1
2002, 211 pp. Explores the diverse array of wildlife (over 300 species) which make their homes in natural hollows, and the problems being faced with the loss of old forests.
GLIDERS    
  GLIDERS OF AUSTRALIA -
A natural history
David Lindenmayer (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 868405 23 X
 
  SUGAR GLIDERS  (Barrons) ISBN
0 7641 0172 2
 
KOALAS    
  KOALA, THE Roger Martin and Kathrine Handasyde (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 86840 544 2
 
MACROPODS    
  KANGAROOS Terrance J Dawson (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 86840 317 2
 
  COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE CARE OF MACROPODS Lynda Staker Order from Lynda's web site   
This work has taken years to complete, contains 456 pages with over 700 coloured photographs and includes new information not before published. 
There are now facilities in eleven countries using this manual, including  many zoos, macropod rehabilitators/keepers and veterinary clinics. 
 
The manual has been reviewed by both the German and American  Associations of Zookeepers, and currently by the European Association of  Zoos and Aquaria and the Australian Wildlife Journal.
POSSUMS    
  CARING FOR POSSUMS Barbara Smith (Kangaroo Press) ISBN
0 86417 680 5
1995, 69 pp. A well written book for anyone interested in the care and rehabilitation of possums. Makes good use of photographs, illustrations and charts. A must have for wildlife carers looking after sick or injured possums.
  WILDLIFE & WOODCHIPS: LEADBEATER'S POSSUM David Lindenmayer (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 86840 231 1
Another well written and well illustrated book from David Lindenmayer,. As well as information on the biology of the Leadbeaters possum, it looks into the conflict between conservation and wood-chipping, and the effect this has had on the distribution of this tiny possum.
WOMBATS    
  SECRET LIFE OF WOMBATS, THE James Woodford (Text Publishing) ISBN
1 876485 86 8
One of my personal favourites, a look into the largely unknown world of wombats. With anecdotal stories, personal insights and scientific research, this is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in Australian wildlife.
   WOMBAT, THE Barbara Triggs (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 86840 263 X
1996, 156 pp. An excellent resource by one of Australia's acknowledged wombat experts. Mostly dedicated to the common wombat, and includes a number of colour plates.  Has a section dedicated to the rehabilitation of orphaned wombats.

(updated March 2004)

 

     

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