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Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger

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Packing an off-kilter sense of humor and keen scientific minds, authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson take off with renowned artist Alexis Rockman on a postmodern safari. Their mission? Tracking down the elusive Tasmanian tiger. This mysterious, striped predator was once the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. It had a pouch like a kangaroo and a jaw that opened impossibly wide to reveal terrifying choppers. Tragically, this rare and powerful animal was hunted into extinction in the early part of the twentieth century. Or was it?

Journeying first to the Australian mainland and then south to the wild island of Tasmania, these young naturalists brave a series of bizarre misadventures and uproarious wildlife encounters in their obsessive search for the long-lost beast.

From an ancient cave featuring an aboriginal painting of the tiger to a lab in Sydney where maverick scientists are trying to resurrect the animal through cloning, this intrepid trio comes face-to-face with blood-sucking land leeches and venomous bull ants, a misbehaving wallaby who invades their motel room, and a crew of flesh-eating, bone-crunching Tasmanian devils gorging on roadkill.

They bond with trappers, bushwackers, and wildlife experts who refuse to abandon the tiger hunt, despite the paucity of evidence. Sifting through local myths, bar-room banter, and historical accounts, these environmental detectives sweep readers into a world where platypus’ swim, kangaroos roam, and a large predator with a pouch was–or perhaps still is–queen of the jungle.

Filled with Alexis Rockman’s stunning drawings of flora and fauna–-made from soil, wombat scat, and the artist’s own blood–Carnivorous Nights is a hip and hilarious account of an unhinged safari, as well as a fascinating portrayal of a wildly unique part of the world.

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About the Author

MARGARET MITTELBACH and MICHAEL CREWDSON regularly join forces for The New York Times and other publications, employing their dry wit to reveal nature in the strangest of places. Their previous book, Wild New York, uncovered the unsung natural wonders of the city that never sleeps. They give frequent talks and lectures on wildlife, and live in Brooklyn.

Alexis Rockman’s artwork examines the history of how nature is portrayed, and is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and London’s Saatchi Collection. He has also contributed artwork to several books, including Future Evolution, by Peter Ward, a prediction of the future of the global ecosystem. He lives and works in New York and has traveled around the world experiencing the wild firsthand.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307516831
Subtitle:
On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Mittelbach, Margaret
Author:
Alexis Rockman
Author:
Crewdson, Michael
Author:
Rockman, Alexis
Author:
Margaret Mittelbach
Author:
Michael Crewdson
Subject:
Travel : Australia & Oceania - General
Subject:
Nature : Wildlife
Subject:
Nature : General
Subject:
Australia & Oceania - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Nature Studies-Australia and Pacific
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Subject:
Travel-Australia
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Oceania
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060411
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
319

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Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » World Wildlife
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology
Travel » Australia

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