This historic publication provides an account of every species of native mammals known to have existed in Australia since European settlement and every introduced species now living in a wild state. The result of many years of intensive research, it is a magnificent photographic record, structured into an authoritive, accessible form by Ronald Strahan.This book surveys the rich and varied world of Australia's mammals, from well known Platypus, Koala and Kangaroo species: to the less known pygmypossums, bats and carnivorous marsupials; the seals and sea lions; and introduced mammals such as the Rabbit, Camel and Deer. Each species account summaries behaviour and habitat, diet, reproduction and growth, and factors that lead to death; in short, everything that is known of an animal's current biology and survival status. Detailed statistical information is provided along side the fascinating and peculiar details of animals' lives.
Ronald Strahan, AM, 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".