Sanctuary: New Zealand's Spectacular Nature Reserves

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Penguin, 2005 - Nature - 152 pages
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Sanctuary explores some of New Zealand's most beautiful and interesting nature reserves. Told from the perspective of an enthusiastic naturalist, it is part natural history, part travel diary—entertaining, inspiring, appealing.

The book celebrates New Zealanders' passion for, and commitment to, wildlife conservation. It is organised by location, starting at Cape Reinga and finishing on Ulva Island, focusing on the country's ten most important protected areas. All kinds of sanctuaries are looked at—scientific reserves, scenic reserves and national parks. All the places chosen by the author are accessible to the general public.

The writing focuses on anecdotes, personal reactions, and descriptions of the people, landscape and animals interwoven with the history of the area, rather than solely scientific information. Sanctuary showcases our unique birds, fish, reptiles, and plants.

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About the author (2005)

Eric Dorfman is the Senior Manager Natural Environment Science Programmes at Te Papa. He has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Sydney, and has worked for DOC developing creative projects to raise awareness for conservation. He has long been interested in enthusing and educating people about the natural world, and has written and illustrated popular articles and book chapters dealing with wildlife in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and the Tropical South Pacific.

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