Wombats

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Wombats

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Of all Australian marsupials, the wombat remains the most enigmatic. The first living specimen was collected from Francis Island

in Bass Strait and presented to Governor Hunter in 1797. Wombats were kept at Regents Park Zoo in London in the mid-nineteenth century and indeed bred for the first time in captivity there in 1856.

The first attempts at in-depth studies of wombats in the wild did not begin until the 1970s, more than 170 years since the first discovery by Europeans. The listing of the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat in 1972 as one of the World's most endangered mammals was a catalyst for renewed research interest and funding. This interest was kindled at a time when new technologies in telemetry, biochemistry and genetics enabled researchers to pose questions on aspects of the biology of wombats that were unanswerable 20 years before.

In September 1994 the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia, sensing the time was right, sponsored the first conference devoted to the biology of the wombat. It brought together those with a common interest in these quintessential Australian marsupials: scientists, artists, writers and natural historians.

Papers presented at that conference were the catalyst for this book. Since that time additional works have been solicited to round out the account while a number of entertaining and scholarly contributions that did not fit easily within the format of the Surrey Beatty series on Australian marsupials have been omitted. However, in the spirit of the conference and scientific debate the editors have allowed for the expression of divergent views. Nonetheless, no volume could do justice to the wonderful art, sculpture and literary works that did so much to enrich that scientific conference dealing with wombats and their ways.

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R. T. Wells (Editor), P. A. Pridmore (Editor), B. St John (Contributor), M. D. Gaughwin (Contributor), J. Ferris (Contributor)
Published by Surrey Beatty & Sons (1998)
ISBN 10: 0949324817 ISBN 13: 9780949324818
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Book Description Surrey Beatty & Sons, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 332 pp., illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. Of all Australian marsupials, the wombat remains the most enigmatic. The first living specimen was collected from Francis Island in Bass Strait and presented to Governor Hunter in 1797. Wombats were kept at Regents Park Zoo in London in the mid-nineteenth century and indeed bred for the first time in captivity there in 1856. The first attempts at in-depth studies of wombats in the wild did not begin until the 1970s, more than 170 years since the first discovery by Europeans. The listing of the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat in 1972 as one of the World's most endangered mammals was a catalyst for renewed research interest and funding. This interest was kindled at a time when new technologies in telemetry, biochemistry and genetics enabled researchers to pose questions on aspects of the biology of wombats that were unanswerable 20 years before. In September 1994 the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia, sensing the time was right, sponsored the first conference devoted to the biology of the wombat. It brought together those with a common interest in these quintessential Australian marsupials: scientists, artists, writers and natural historians. Papers presented at that conference were the catalyst for this book. Since that time additional works have been solicited to round out the account while a number of entertaining and scholarly contributions that did not fit easily within the format of the Surrey Beatty series on Australian marsupials have been omitted. However, in the spirit of the conference and scientific debate the editors have allowed for the expression of divergent views. Nonetheless, no volume could do justice to the wonderful art, sculpture and literary works that did so much to enrich that scientific conference dealing with wombats and their ways. Bookseller Inventory # 0949324817AI062317

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