Natural history museums contain many thousands of zoological specimens and each has a tale to tell - often involving extraordinary people, daring explorations, unquenchable scientific curiosity, and strange coincidences. This perfectly presented book, with its engaging pictures, is rich in stories and unveils many secrets. Read about: the fate of a tortoise given as a gift by Captain Cook; the epic international voyage of the biggest known moa egg; the admiration induced by an ape from the jungles of Borneo; the barn owl of mysterious origins; the unfortunate fate of an angry young elephant; the quest to discover how a New Zealand heron turned up in a Florence museum; the strange arrival of an Australian banjo frog and many other mind-boggling mysteries. The author is a fabulous storyteller, and this book will be loved by museum-goers, animal-lovers, and anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Brian (Brian James) Gill
Publisher: Awa Press
Imprint: Awa Press
Dimensions: Width: 14.50cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 17.00cm
ISBN 10: 1877551139
Publication Date: 11 June 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Delightfully whimsical. . . . You won't find a whiff of ponderous pedantry or academic plodism in the pages of this small but perfectly formed book. -- Waikato Times
Brian Gill is curator of birds and other land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, author and co-author of many books, including New Zealand's Unique Birds, The Kiwi and Other Flightless Birds and New Zealand Frogs and Reptiles, and a contributor to New Zealand Geographic and Forest and Bird.
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