Koala: origins of an icon.

Koala: origins of an icon. Stephen Jackson.

Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, 2007. Small octavo, illustrations, fine copy in dustwrapper.

The koala is universally recognised and revered as an Australian icon. It is also one of the most well-adapted and resilient of Australia's marsupials, described by some as a triumph of evolution. How does it survive, and thrive even, on such indigestible fare as eucalyptus leaves, laden as they are with enough toxic phenols to kill most other animals? In this fascinating story of the koala, respected biologist and author Stephen Jackson examines not only the ecology, behaviour and history of this extraordinary animal, but also ongoing threats such as disease and habitat loss, and the controversial debate about how to best manage the populations of Australia's favourite marsupial. From the Jacana Series. Also available in paperback [stock id 31944].

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