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  1. Kangaroo (Animal)
    Kangaroo (Animal)
    Kangaroo (Animal)
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  2. Kangaroo (Animal)

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    Customer Ratings (1 reviews)
    Price R576.00

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From Kanga and her son Roo in Winnie the Pooh to the boxing champ Hippety Hopper who punches Sylvester in Looney Tunes, kangaroos appear frequently in children’s books, cartoons, and songs. They are a favorite animal at zoos, charming yet peculiar-looking with their powerful hind legs, long tails, and pouches. Though kangaroos are beloved in the imagination, but reality of their relationship with humans is darker and more troubled. In this book, John Simon tackles the story of these marsupials—and their use and abuse—in global history.

In addition to describing the kangaroo’s physiology and lifecycle, Simons describes their role in indigenous Australian culture, their ill-fated first contact with Europeans, and their subsequent capture for zoos and relocation to establish wild populations in Japan and the United States. Simons also explores the connections between visual and cultural representations and the current controversy in Australia surrounding kangaroo hunting and eating. Demonstrating how the true diversity of the kangaroo population has frequently been reduced to a single stereotype, this book reveals how such misrepresentations now threaten the future of the species. A book for anyone concerned with animal welfare and conservation, Kangaroo is a pouch-sized and fascinating look at these unusual creatures.


John Simons
Brand: Reaktion Books
Used Book in Good Condition
Reaktion Books
Reaktion Books
60 colour illustrations, 40 black & whit
60 colour illustrations, 40 black & whit
Reaktion Books
Reaktion Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I started reading this book not having any idea what to expect from it. I imagined it might be full of interesting and little-known facts about the range of species collectively known as kangaroos. It wasn't.

Instead, it just briefly lists a few of the most well-known ones (red, eastern grey, western grey, and a dozen more from a potential full list of at least 50), and then the author just heads off in various random directions.

If you're eager to learn about the animal, this book is not for you. Instead you get a ridiculously comprehensive account of how the kangaroos were discovered by Europeans and how various artists chose to paint them for the first hundred years or so of European awareness of these animals.

The debates about consumption of kangaroo meat and about culling of kangaroos are briefly mentioned, but only with very few details and arguments from either side.

I read the entire book in a couple of afternoons. Not because the... Read more
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