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One of Australia's most engaging marsupials, the wombat is also one of the most disparaged and least understood. Often depicted as slow, muddle-headed and clumsy, it can, in fact, outpace a human or a dog over a short distance. Wombats are quick to learn and superbly adapted to their burrowing way of life. This book gives a full account of the wombat's way of life and examines the many hazards that wombats face. Dealing mainly with the Bare-nosed Wombat, Vombatus ursinus, it includes the latest information on the Southern and Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats, Lasiorhinus latifrons and Lasiorhiunus krefftii, among the world's most endangered animals. The book also gives practical advice on rearing orphan wombats.
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Barbara Triggs has lived in Eastern Gippsland among wombats and other animals since 1972. She is an authority on the identification of mammals from indirect means, and is the author of the best-selling field guide Mammal Tracks and Signs.


Gr 4-6-- The curious nature of the Australian wombat, a marsupial and one of the world's largest burrowing mammals, is expertly delineated in this introduction. Sharp full-color photos appear on almost every page; many are close-ups. Two maps, shaded to indicate distribution patterns throughout Australia and Tasmania, are also included. Succinctly written and well organized, this title conveys a real sense of how wombats live. While this book has some minor flaws (the average weight of the animals is not given, and not all of the photos have captions identifying the species shown), it is the most thorough introduction to the wombat for this age level. Stone's Wombats (Rourke, 1990) is a superficial introduction offering little detail on the animals' characteristics or behavior. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

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