100 Essential New Zealand Creatures (Paperback)
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From a tiny frog that is both noiseless and deaf to a giant dragonfly that can curl its body into a heart shape, the fascinating diversity of New Zealand's wildlife is beautifully revealed in these colorful photographs. Introducing rare creatures such as a warbler that does not warble, the book shows how a local species can go to extreme lengths of adaptation and become the sole representative of an originally widespread family. Alongside these intriguing rarities, more common creatures are shown to be important in another way: they not only survive but thrive, despite numerous threats to their habitats. The 100 creatures featured are chosen for their memorable traits and include birds, insects, mammals, fish, and a miscellaneous group that includes coral, barnacles, and snails.
About the Author
Veronika Meduna is a leading New Zealand science journalist and broadcaster who produces a weekly science program on Radio New Zealand. She has won several Qantas Media Awards, as well as grants to report on archaeological work in Cambodia and to join science expeditions to Antarctica. She is the author of "Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA" and "New Zealand: AA Spiral Guide"