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Koala : Origins of an Icon.

Author: Stephen Jackson
Publisher: Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adored for its large fluffy ears, spoon-shaped nose and bright button eyes, the koala is universally recognised and revered as an Australian icon. But it hasn't always been so. After coexisting successfully with Aborigines for thousands of years, the koala was considered sloth-like by the early Europeans and valued for little more than its fur, and by the early twentieth century millions of koalas had been hunted,  Read more...
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Jackson, Stephen.
Koala : Origins of an Icon.
Sydney : Allen & Unwin, ©2014
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jackson
ISBN: 9781742690629 1742690629
OCLC Number: 956740809
Description: 1 online resource (349 pages)
Contents: About the author --
Title Page --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1. From the (under) ground up? Evolution and relationships --
2. How the koala lost its tail: Aboriginal Dreamtime --
3. Coolah, Koala or sloth? Discovery by Europeans --
4. Finicky feeders: Koala ecology --
5. Time to sleep: Koala behaviour --
6. Koalas as ambassadors: Zoos and tourism --
7. Creation of an icon: From cartoon character to chocolate bar --
8. Island dilemma: The politics and costs of managing koalas --
9. Open season: The koala for trade --
10. Habitat loss chaos: Threats to the koala. 11. Conservation controversy: The highs and lows --
Conclusion --
Appendix --
Notes and sources --
Index.

Abstract:

Adored for its large fluffy ears, spoon-shaped nose and bright button eyes, the koala is universally recognised and revered as an Australian icon. But it hasn't always been so. After coexisting successfully with Aborigines for thousands of years, the koala was considered sloth-like by the early Europeans and valued for little more than its fur, and by the early twentieth century millions of koalas had been hunted, driving the species to near-extinction. Yet the koala is also one of the most well-adapted and resilient of Australia's marsupials, described by some as a triumph of evolution. H.

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