The Australasian Ecozone
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.
The Australasian Ecozone here covers Australia, New Zealand, New Zealand and islands in the South West Pacific. To make it simpler to use this site, I’ve also included the relatively small Antarctic and Oceania Econzones within this ecozone.
Information – sometimes detailed, sometimes less so – on mammal watching in many areas is included on this site. Country (or State and Territory) pages include lists of resources specific to them. Some more general resources are listed below.
Resources – Books
Andrews, D. 2016. Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia, CSIRO. See here for a review.
Breed, B. and Ford, F. 2007. Native Rats and Mice. 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. 1999. 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. 2011. 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.
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
Bat Map of Australia showing the distribution of all Aussie bat species.
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.