Zoology

Danielle Clode reviews 'Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest expeditions' by David Attenborough

Danielle Clode
19 December 2017

David Attenborough turned ninety last year. In a short animation celebrating his birthday, two Aardman penguins muse on their first meeting with the famous naturalist. ‘There’s somethi More

Ben Brooker reviews 'The Inner Life of Animals: Love, grief and compassion – surprising observations of a hidden world' by Peter Wohlleben, translated by Jane Billinghurst

Ben Brooker
08 December 2017

In a 1974 paper, American philosopher Thomas Nagel famously wondered what it was like to be a bat. He concluded that we could never know what it was like to be a member of a different spec More

Richard Noske reviews 'The Australian Bird Guide' by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, and Kim Franklin

Richard Noske
28 September 2017

With five illustrated field guides, two e-guide apps, and at least three photographic guides available to help people identify birds in Australia, some would question the need for yet anot More

Matthew Chrulew reviews 'Zoo Ethics: The challenges of compassionate conservation' by Jenny Gray

Matthew Chrulew
28 September 2017

Zoological gardens are conflicted institutions. They provide a miraculous opportunity for close-ups with exotic and native animals one might never otherwise encounter. Yet they do so by keeping those very animals captive. The creaturely contact that zoos hope and claim can help transform citizens into advocates for animals and the environment is discomfited, if not ... More

Ann Moyal: Platypus

Peter Menkhorst
04 May 2011

The enigmatic Platypus

Peter Menkhorst

 

Platypus
by Ann Moyal
Allen & Unwin, $24.99 pb, 249 pp, 9781741757798

 

When the first specimen of the Platypus reached Europe in 1798, it was received with incredulity by zoologists. With anatomical and mor ... More