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New Zealand: A Natural History

by Tui Roy, Mark Jones
 

A loving celebration of an earthly paradise; a cautionary appeal for environmental wisdom.

"One does not have to look to the universe to behold the unusual. There is so much more to be seen and believed right here in the frequently bizarre nature of New Zealand." -from the prologue

This stunning book combines spectacular photography with natural

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A loving celebration of an earthly paradise; a cautionary appeal for environmental wisdom.

"One does not have to look to the universe to behold the unusual. There is so much more to be seen and believed right here in the frequently bizarre nature of New Zealand." -from the prologue

This stunning book combines spectacular photography with natural history and personal experience to guide readers into "the land of the long white cloud." Second only to Hawaii in natural diversity, the New Zealand archipelago has borne centuries of environmental tumult and species destruction. At present, dedicated conservationists are working hard to revive shattered ecosystems and to restore endangered species.

In a heartfelt tribute to those efforts, the authors chronicle the environmental successes and failures while revealing the islands' otherworldly organisms and plant life. All of the photographs were taken either in the wild or in conservation areas, and many reveal plants and creatures rarely before seen.

From cabbage trees not unlike Dr. Seuss' Truffula trees to predatory snails, whiskered parrots and three-eyed lizards, New Zealand: A Natural History reveals a captivating world once thought to reside only in the human imagination. This is an impassioned celebration of the paradise the authors call home.

Editorial Reviews

Style at Home
Due to its millennia-long geographical isolation from other landmasses and its lack of mammalian predators until the first arrival of humans about a thousand years ago, New Zealand contains a wealth of flora and fauna unseen elsewhere on the planet. Though many species—such as the moa, a giant flightless bird, and the Haast's eagle, with its impressive 10-foot wing span—have gone extinct since European settlers arrived, countless others remain, such as the kakapo, the world's heaviest parrot (which is also flightless) and the tuatara, a reptile that was a contemporary of the dinosaurs and is now the last of its kind. De Roy and Jones have combined their photographs of New Zealand's remarkable beauty with informative descriptions of its natural environment, creating a book that serves as a reminder of how fragile the planet's ecosystem really is.
Style at Home - Kat Tancock
[One of "Style at Home"'s Top Ten Coffee Table Books] A reminder of how fragile the planet's ecosystem really is.
The Canadian Field-Naturalist, Vol. 121 - Radu Cornel Guiasu
[This is a] beautifully illustrated coffee table book containing more than 450 magnificent photographs which offer a wonderful introduction to many of the unique species and habitats of New Zealand... [It] represents a nice introduction to the unique natural world of this fascinating and remote country.
Montana New Zealand Book Awards - Booksellers New Zealand
Shortlisted, Books on the Environment, 2007

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071968
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
12.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Tui De Roy is an author and conservationist whose works include The Andes: As the Condor Flies and Galapagos Islands: Born of Fire, a natural-history classic. She lives and works in New Zealand.

Mark Jones is a New Zealand-based photographer whose work appears in The Andes.

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