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Koala : a natural history and an uncertain future

Danielle Clode (Author)
"A biologist takes us into the still mysterious world of koalas, from their marsupial ancestors to current threats to their existence. Koalas are one of the most beloved animals, but despite their celebrity, we are just learning much about their nature and history. Blending evolutionary biology, natural history, and ecology, biologist Danielle Clode tells us the story of these amazing marsupials. She looks at fossils of ancestral giant koalas three times modern koalas' size and explains why they are the lone survivor of a once diverse family tree. Clode investigates their nature-often affectionate but can also be belligerent-and their physiology-from their pouches to their gut bacteria, which can only digest leaves of the species of gum tree they were raised on. She also warns about the danger koalas have been in as humans have impinged on their habitats through land clearance and urban development. Now, Australia's explosive wildfires threaten them each summer, killing and harming them as never before. Clode takes us close to these extraordinary creatures and speaks to why and how we need to save them"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2023
First American edition View all formats and editions
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 2023
322 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9781324036838, 1324036834
ebook version :
Into the woods. Koalas rare and plenty
From fossils and bones. Dropbears in the family ; The Lakes District ; From the gulf to the sea ; A giant at the foot of the world
Life in the forest. Anatomy of a climber ; The eucalypt empire ; You are what you eat ; The guts of the problem
A life in reflection. From pouch to piggyback ; Sociable loners ; When it's smart to be slow ; Sensory overload
Everything changes. Koalas far and wide ; A new arrival ; The English annexation ; War and guns ; Saving the koala
Future tense. Sex, disease, and genetic diversity ; Expansion and retreat ; Under fire ; In a perfect world
"First published in Australia in 2022 as Koala: A Life in Trees by Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Books Pty Ltd."