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The Last Place You'd Look for a Wallaby: My Obsessive Quest to Seek Out Alien Species by Glen Chilton at Abbey's Bookshop,

The Last Place You'd Look for a Wallaby: My Obsessive Quest to Seek Out Alien Species

Glen Chilton


Queensland Univ. Press

Mathematics & Sciences;
Popular science;
The environment


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Glen Chilton returns with yet another quest, this time to seek out species ill-advisedly introduced into foreign environments. Chilton visits Ireland to witness how rhododendrons, an ornamental plant that escaped a private garden, now threaten to choke out the last of the great oak forests of the United Kingdom. He escapes bloodthirsty midges and a murderous Hungarian architect while visiting a colony of forgotten Scottish wallabies; finds out how termites, brought in on packing crates after the Second World War, contributed to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; dives with endangered sea turtles in North Queensland; and dodges crocodiles and machine guns in the eucalyptus forests of Ethiopia. And along the way, he never turns down the opportunity to share a few drinks with eccentric locals. This wickedly funny account tells the real story about the impact of invading species.

By:   Glen Chilton
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   392g
ISBN:   9780702249778
ISBN 10:   0702249777
Publication Date:   January 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'Chilton shows a deep knowledge of plant and animal species introduced into new surroundings accidentally or on purpose... If wit and humour help raise awareness of the delicate balance that exists between an environment and its life forms, Chilton's revelations will trump all those naysayers who believe environmentalists should just go away and silently hug a tree.' - Winnipeg Free Press

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