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Australasia. Home to Dunnarts and dunnies, flying doctors and flying foxes, and far more than its fair share of the world's most venmous creatures.

Oh yeah, and don't forget New Zealand where the most dangerous encounter with the local fauna is being bored to death by random locals bragging about the rugby.....

Information - sometimes detailed, sometimes less so - on mammal watching in Australasia can be found in the pages linked to the right.

Resources - books
Australia
Breed, B. and Ford, F. 2007. Native Mats and Rice. CSIRO. The title says it all - it is more of a text book than anything, but useful if you are chasing Australia's rodents.

Churchill, S. 1998. Australian Bats. New Holland Publishers, Sydney. A comprehensive guide to all of Australia's bats, with photos, detailed information and a key.

Gill, P. and Burke, C. 1999. Whale and Dolphin Watching in Australian and New Zealand Waters. New Holland Publishers, Sydney. There are a couple of books that cover cetacean spotting in Australasia but this is my favourite. The Whale and Dolphin pages on this site have more information on good cetacean field guides.

Menkhorst, P. and Knight, F. 2001. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press, Melbourne. The only field guide that covers all of Australia's mammals and a godsend when it was released. Beautifully illustrated with limited notes, but generally sufficient to identify most species. Don't go bush without it.

Van Dyck, S. and Strahan. R. (eds) 2008. The Mammals of Australia. Reed New Holland, Sydney. This is the third edition of the definitive guide to Australia's mammals. Its too big to take into the field but a great book to have at home.

Australia - The Northern Territory
Cole, J. and Woinarski, J. 2002. A Field Guide to the Rodents and Dasyurids of the Northern Territory. Surrey Beatty & Sons. Some very useful information on both where to look and how to identify some of the hardest species to find in Australia.

The South-West Pacific
Flannery, Tim (1995) Mammals of the South-West Pacific & Moluccan Islands. Australian Museum/Reed Books. A fabulous book with photos and beautifiul illustrations of all the mammals from this little known region.

resources - Websites
Australia
The New South Wales National Parks Service Wildlife Atlas is a good way to get locations for hard to find species in that state.

Rohan Clarke's website has some nice images of Australian and S.E. Asian wildlife.

Rootourism has some useful general information about macropod watching around Australia.

PNG
The Mammals of Papua site aims "to treat the biological, distributional, conservation and taxonomical aspects of the mammals in the Papuan region, to provide an up-to-date checklist, relate to news concerning mammals throughout the region and eventually providing detailed species accounts of every species encountered in the Papuan region to date".

Email groups
A few of us are members of an email discussion group - Mammals Aus - and we'll happily answer requests for information.

Birding Aus is more active and pretty knowledgeable about the furry stuff too.

The Australian Cetacean Network group is also useful if you are looking for sea monsters.

The Victorian Field Naturalists group are active and a good source of information. They run trips to survey for mammals etc.

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