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Wildlife Secrets Magazine : Vol 2 No 3

by on Dec.29, 2012, under Dinsoaurs, Fauna, Invertebrates, Location, Magazine, Mammals, New South Wales, Queensland, Reptiles, Tasmania


Nov/Dec Issue

This issue contains some fascinating insights into the life of the Freshwater Crocodile – featured on the cover – and some of our amazing lizards. We have also set up a new page called ‘Secret shutterbugs’ for those who love to delve into photographing the world of wildlife and want even more tips on getting the best shots. In an exclusive, our story about the sad and tragic world of the icon for extinction, the Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, provides some amazing insights as well as images not published before. We’ve also got a packed ‘Secrets sightings’ with interesting and unusual tales, including ones about termites, the Rough-scaled Snake and, of course, birds and more birds. If that is not enough, let us take you inside the world of the endangered Gouldian Finch.

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Mystery Skull

by on Oct.13, 2012, under Location, Mammals, Uncategorized, Victoria

This animal skull was collected near a cliff face near Inverloch. This skull, could possibly provide  evidence of a marsupial mystery. it is similar to a dingo, Tasmanian Devil and even the Thylacine.

While awaiting advice from the museum vicyoria, what guess’s are out there. Does anyone know any secret skull fanciers?

 

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Mouse Breeding for the Wildlife Carer

by on Sep.30, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Mammals, Reptiles

MOUSE BREEDING FOR THE WILDLIFE CARER

Simon Watharow

The standard laboratory mouse is currently a source of food for many if not most species of endothermic (warm blooded) feeding for wildlife in care. Some species like hawks, owls, snakes, are predominant rodent feeders. To cater for the welfare and correct treatment of this food source, a detailed care sheet will be provided here. My aim in this article is to provide details on the various aspects of mouse husbandry and highlight important husbandry tips. Regardless of the reason you breed mice it is essential that the correct care and treatment of this delightful animal be accomplished.

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A Reptile Trip to Flinder’s Island, Tasmania.

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Location, Mammals, Reptiles, Tasmania

A Trip to Flinder’s Island, Tasmania.

Simon Watharow

Typical heathland habitat for Flinders Island.

Flinders Island lies to the north east of Tasmania and has a surface area of 1376km sq. It lies in the region known as the Furneaux Group, which includes the well Known Mt. Chappell Island, but other islands exist Clarke Island and Cape Barren Island. Roughly 950 people live on Flinders Island and agriculture and fishing are the two employment opportunities. Weather patterns in the Flinders Island are generally mild. Rainfall is heaviest in the winter months may to October and range from 600mm to 800mm in the central hills. The mean minimum temperatures for July are 6.0 degrees and the mean maximum in February is 22.5degrees.  Winds are predominantly westerlies, which may blow for several days particularly late winter and early spring. The coastal waters and Bass Strait are subject to variable winds and high seas.

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The Keeper and the Kept – great zoo keepers book.

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Reptiles

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The Keepers and the Kept

Confessions of a Zookeeper
By Terry Boylan

PUB DATE:JUNE 2011
PRICE: $29.95
FORMAT: PAPERBACK
Fuzzy & Furry Ancedotes about Life at the Zoo
The Keepers and the Kept is a ‘zoological memoir’. It is
a lighthearted and fun account of the life of a zoo, particularly
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, from a zookeeper’s perspective.
It tells of the interesting human characters, gives insight into the
running of a zoo and of course humorous and heart-warming
animal stories. There are tales of eccentric collectors who founded
the zoo, other keepers, their feuds, practical jokes and political
machinations.
Terry describes unusual events such as animal escapes, from Taipan
snakes to rampaging elephants, including the hazards (and deaths)
of some zookeepers.
He covers the bizarre behaviours of visitors to the zoo and even
animal collecting expeditions to foreign countries. Through his
anecdotes he reveals how modern zoos have developed into the
professional organisations they are today.
“While there’s no doubt animals can behave in the strangest
ways, the oddest creatures in the zoo are still the ones
that come through the turnstiles.” Terry Boylan

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Boylan worked as a zookeeper for more than 40 years at
Taronga Zoo, Melbourne and London Zoos. He is still employed as
a zookeeper by the Taronga Conservation Society. He has published
more than 20 natural history and zoological articles in magazines
and journals. This is his first book.

The Keepers and the Kept
Confessions of a Zookeeper
By Terry Boylan
Fuzzy & Furry Ancedotes about Life at the Zoo
The Keepers and the Kept is a ‘zoological memoir’. It is
a lighthearted and fun account of the life of a zoo, particularly
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, from a zookeeper’s perspective.
It tells of the interesting human characters, gives insight into the
running of a zoo and of course humorous and heart-warming
animal stories. There are tales of eccentric collectors who founded
the zoo, other keepers, their feuds, practical jokes and political
machinations.
Terry describes unusual events such as animal escapes, from Taipan
snakes to rampaging elephants, including the hazards (and deaths)
of some zookeepers.
He covers the bizarre behaviours of visitors to the zoo and even
animal collecting expeditions to foreign countries. Through his
anecdotes he reveals how modern zoos have developed into the
professional organisations they are today.
“While there’s no doubt animals can behave in the strangest
ways, the oddest creatures in the zoo are still the ones
that come through the turnstiles.” Terry Boylan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Boylan worked as a zookeeper for more than 40 years at
Taronga Zoo, Melbourne and London Zoos. He is still employed as
a zookeeper by the Taronga Conservation Society. He has published
more than 20 natural history and zoological articles in magazines
and journals. This is his first book.

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The Little Dinosaur

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Uncategorized

 

The Little Dinosaur
Catriona Hoy & Andrew Plant

In a time before Australia existed, a little dinosaur with big eyes roamed the Antarctic forests, nibbling on cycads and ginkgoes. One day the little dinosaur fell and hurt her leg. She struggled to keep up with her herd. Time passed and the world changed, but the discovery of the little dinosaur’s leg bone millions of years later, meant her life would not be forgotten.

The Little Dinosaur combines dramatic narrative with scientific fact to tell a fascinating, poignant story.

By the team that created the 2011 CBCA Notable Book, Puggle.

ISBN 978 1921504 29 7
250 x 240 mm
HB 32 pp $24.95
Full colour

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