Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal

Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal

Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal

Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal

Synopsis

Packed with information that has only been published in scientific journals, if ever at all, this collection of biological facts challenges the misconceptions associated with Australia's most famous marsupial. Far from being a scavenging, ferocious oddity, an image perpetuated by the infamous cartoon character, the Tasmanian Devil is actually a treasured and valuable wildlife species facing extinction. By sharing the surprising, controversial, funny, and tragic history behind the world's largest marsupial carnivore, this new guidebook covers all aspects of the biology and the habitat of the Tasmanian Devil.

Excerpt

These days, I live on a small private nature reserve in the Tasmanian
highlands, where a whole family of wicked-looking though loveable
black beasts regularly invite themselves to feast at my tent, sometimes
around midday with the sun shining through their red ears, often in the
dead of night, dressed as they are for darkness and cocktails … Some
say Tassie devils are innately convicts, thieves and criminals, but I prefer
to think they are nature’s creatures of fortune, as boisterous and inquisi
tive as children, who enjoy each other’s company, laugh at their own
jokes, and share what they find. For what else would they have done
with those five missing shoes, champagne bottle, and two billiard balls?

JOHN R. WILSON, QUOIBA

Tasmanian Devil: A unique and threatened animal is the story of a wild animal, the world’s largest living marsupial carnivore, about which we have limited understanding. Now there is a tragic possibility that it may become extinct in the wild, or extinct altogether, before we know much more. Sadder still, human activity may be behind the mysterious disease that has decimated the species in the only place in the world where it still exists, the island of Tasmania. Just a few short years ago it was unthinkable that the robust and protected Tasmanian devil . . .

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