Author(s): James Smith
The city of Adelaide and its immediate surroundings contain some truly remarkable wildlife. The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region is recognised nationally and internationally for its faunal diversity, which is, for the most part, abundant and accessible. Wildlife communities are found here that occur nowhere else on earth.
A rich collection of animal species can be seen in the region’s conservation parks and large bush blocks in the Adelaide Hills, and along watercourses to the coastal dunes and beaches. While the greatest variety exists in the natural and bushland areas, many species inhabit urban parks, golf courses, school grounds and backyards.
Small numbers are even able to exploit the inner city and occupy human dwellings.
Mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, shes, insects, spiders, crustaceans, snails and worms are amongst the diverse array of wildlife described and displayed within these pages.
Emphasis has been placed on the most common, well-known or potentially dangerous species recorded across the region.
The Wildlife of Greater Adelaide is the most comprehensive wildlife guide to the Greater Adelaide region and is a must-have addition for anyone interested in our local wildlife. Whether you are simply looking to identify the wild neighbours with which you share your own backyard or you are a seasoned naturalist looking to further expand your knowledge, this book is the perfect companion.
“Monumental in scope but extremely accessable in style, this book covers a huge diversity of animals with succinct but informative descriptions and wealth of wonderful photographs. It should be in every home library and school, and it is a testament to the value of citizen science when it is professionally done by those who care deeply about our natural history.”
Professor Rob Morrison OAM
Patron, National Science Week SA and Chair, SciWorld
“The sustainability of the planet depends on the conservation of biodiversity and there is no better way of guaranteeing the conservation of species than having them valued by the community. This book allows us all to better discover and value the wildlife of Adelaide and surrounds, and is a very significant contribution to conservation locally as well as sustainability globally. Every household who believes in the future should own one.”
Professor Philip Weinstein OAM
Head, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide