* Appreciation of the diversity of kangaroos in Australia and their lifestyles
* Insight into the ecology of kangaroos as it pertains to conservation issues
* Provides an understanding of the historical evolution of a major group of Australian mammals
This book provides a clear and accessible account of kangaroos, showing how their reproductive patterns, social structure and other aspects of their biology make them well adapted to Australia's harsh climate and demanding environment.
Since the last edition of this book nearly 20 years ago, much more is now known about the biology and ecology of these iconic animals. This completely revised edition describes these new perspectives and attempts to counter the many urban and rural myths that still exist.
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1 What are kangaroos?
2 Types of kangaroo
3 Population structure dispersal and mortality
4 Social organisation
5 Reproductive biology
6 Life history
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