A topic of perpetual fascination, the kangaroos of Australia have been the focus of myriad books and documentaries. Kangaroos in Outback Australia focuses on Yathong Nature Reserve, where three species of kangaroored, eastern grey, and western greyoverlap and create a unique opportunity for ecological study.
Dale and Yvette McCullough spent fifteen months in Yathong examining the comparative ecology and behavior of the different species. The McCulloughs used systematic counts, radio telemetry, direct observations, and other techniques to characterize and compare the different species' population sizes, home ranges and movements, activity patterns, habitat selection, feeding behavior, and social organization.
The researchers' previous work on the kangaroos' closest ecological counterparts in North America, the white-tailed and the mule deer, serves as a subject for comparison and enlarges the overall scope of the work.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Dale R. McCullough is professor of wildlife biology in the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. He is an acknowledged expert on North American deer populations.
Yvette McCullough teaches science at Martin Luther King Middle School, Berkeley, California.
Table of Contents
|2.||Description of Yathong Nature Reserve||17|
|4.||Population Size and Composition||80|
|5.||Home Range and Movements||96|
|10.||Habitat and Niche Relationships||221|
|11.||Predators and Competitors||233|
|12.||Kangaroos, Ungulates, and Ecological and Evolutionary Models||249|