Author(s): Nic Gill
Age range 9 to 13 years Come on an action-packed adventure with an amazing mob of animal eco-warriors as they use their special talents to help solve our planet's environmental problems! From the nosy noses of biosecurity beagles at airports to rats learning to sniff out landmines in war-torn landscapes, animals are using their unique abilities to help make the world a better and safer place. With fantastic colour photos of animal eco-warriors at work, this book is full of fun facts on how animals are helping humanity work towards a more sustainable future. There are also plenty of tips on how you can make a difference to the planet. Join the animal eco-warrior team today!
Nic Gill grew up in Tasmania, on a small farm with a large number of animals. She works to help people to manage their local environments and lives in Hobart with her three-legged cat, a family of ring-tailed possums, some Pekin frizzle bantams, countless native birds, and her human partner, James. She was bitten by an impressive array of animals while researching this book. Nic Gill strongly believes that we have to work together today to build the world we'd like to live in tomorrow. Five per cent of her proceeds from this book will go directly to supporting animal eco-warrior projects.
* Introduction * Section 1: Alert but not alarmed - Border patrol and sentinel animals, working to keep out pests and diseases *1. Noses on legs - On the beat with the cheeky quarantine beagles of Hobart Airport *2. The ants go marching - Welsh spaniel Rhys Jones sniffs out Argentine ants in New Zealand's Treasured Islands *3. Eternally vigilant - Tama the terrier works to keep Antarctica and its islands rodent free * Section 2: Trackers and scouts - animals who sniff out trouble *4. Three noses are better than one - the detection dog team working to track down foxes on Phillip Island* 5. Cat dog! Clay the terrier and the invisible cat of Tasman Island *6. Botanist puppies of the Mount Kosciusko National Park - going where no Australian detection dog has gone before! *7. Blossom: hero-rat - healing landscapes scarred by landmines * Section 3: Eating the enemy - animals who make a meal out of environmental problems *8. When greed is good - Eco Goats use their super-stomachs to make a meal of environmental weeds* 9. An acquired taste - how understanding cow cultures can help protect rangeland ecosystems *10. Putting back the pieces - in welcoming sugar gliders back to the land, a Bega farmer is also protecting his trees and pastures *11. Micro-wasps vs. yellow crazy ants - can these tiny insects save an entire island ecosystem from collapse? * Section 4: To serve and protect - animal eco-warriors standing up for native animals and ecosystems *12. Maya, koala habitat detection dog - proving the science of detection dog work, one poo at a time! *13. Rein - threatened species detection dog, and the rarest kiwis of them all *14. Guardian dogs to the rescue! - How some big fluffy white dogs are saving the small fluffy penguins of Middle Island * Section 5: Researchers, educators, diplomats and activists - animals working to inform and inspire humanity in the quest to save our shared environments *15. Beneath the ice - Elephant seals go deep to help scientists track our changing climate *16. The Internet of Stings - An international network of cyborg bees, helping scientists decode environmental change *17. Sirocco the Kakapo, V.I.P. - Very Important Parrot, social media superstar and ambassador for his species * Glossary