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This work represents the results of long-term observations of a wild possum population living on a small private suburban reserve. Maintaining continuous records of the multiple social interactions in the possum colony reflects on both the dedication and determination of its author. Such long-term projects have much to offer in scientific data for layman and professional interest.
Frances- October 18, 2012
“It is a strong sense of the importance of place, of family and of continuity that remains with you after reading this book. The other great strength of their story is the range of personalities that we encounter in this possum community into which Robyn Tracey invites us. Every unique character has his/her own name, every family has its good guys and its bad guys, its brains and its beauties. This is a story that engages your head and your heart – while you are sharing the joy of a new birth or the safe return of a wandering juvenile, you are also learning about the physical elements of the possum world in the 21st century – what do they eat, what do they need to survive, how do they deal with the encroaching dangers of a sprawling suburbia that sees them as a disposable nuisance. ”
Mary- October 1, 2012
“By any standards, this is a remarkable record of observation. In an engaging account, it details the complex behaviour of groups of possums in a suburban setting in Northern Sydney. What sets this work apart, is that its content is based on multi-generations of possums over a period of many years, providing insights that simply would not be apparent in the more usual short-term funded wildlife research with which the literature abounds.
This is observation at its very best – a unique contribution to our understanding of these most endearing Australians. It represents a truly valuable reference and resource for the academic and layman alike.”
Lindi- September 19, 2012