Kangaroos: Their Ecology and Management in the Sheep Rangelands of Australia

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Cambridge University Press, May 29, 1987 - Science - 253 pages
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The management of kangaroos is one of the most controversial issues in Australian wildlife management today - kangaroos are 'in plague proportions' or 'on the verge of extinction' depending on whom you spoke to last. This book examines the ecology and management of kangaroos and shows how they interact with their own environment and with that shaped by sheep grazing and the wool industry. It presents the results of intensive and detailed studies of feeding behaviour, movement and habitat utilisation, body condition and population dynamics, weather and plant growth. These are then synthesised to produce a clear picture of how kangaroos cope so successfully with the climatic extremes of the arid zone, how they and the sheep jointly affect each other's fortunes, and what the options are for the future management of kangaroos both within the national parks and on the sheep rangelands.
 

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Contents

The environment of the Australian sheep
14
Plant dynamics
50
The diet of herbivores in the sheep rangelands
69
A New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service Box N189
84
The mobility and habitat utilisation
100
Condition and recruitment of kangaroos
135
Ecological relationships
159
Options for management of kangaroos
188
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