[T]his is a landmark publication and the reference for all those interested in maintaining animals in captivity. It matters not whether you are a professional, research institution, wildlife carer, National Parks personnel or an enthusiastic amateur this book is for you....it contains the work and knowledge of a large number of experts and professionals, many of whom I have come to know personally over the years, I believe it will become a must have volume on the library shelves of people seriously interested in the future of Australian mammals. --Ed McAlister AO, President"Vom Verlag:
Winner of the 2004 Whitley Medal. Shortlisted in the Scholarly Reference section of the 2004 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. This authoritative volume represents a complete and comprehensive guide to the husbandry of Australian marsupials and other mammals. Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management dedicates a chapter to each group of animals including the platypus, the echidna, carnivorous marsupials, numbats, bandicoots and bilbies, koalas, wombats, possums and gliders, macropods, bats, rodents and the dingo. For each animal group the following information is covered: Biology; Housing; Capture and restraint; Transport; Diet; Breeding; Artificial rearing; and Behaviour and behavioural enrichment. The book provides a complete literature review of all known information on the biology of each group of animals and brings information on their biology in the wild into captive situations. Also, for the first time, it provides practical guidelines for hand-rearing, and has been extensively reviewed by zookeepers and veterinarians to incorporate the most up-to-date information and techniques. Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management provides practical guidance for zoo-keepers, veterinarians, zoologists, researchers and students. This paperback edition is a reprint of the original hardback edition, with minor corrections.
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