2012 Whitley Awards Winners

The 2012 Whitley Awards, presented by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, were announced on the 28th of September, celebrating ‘outstanding publications dealing with the promotion and conservation of Australasian fauna’.

Although the Whitley Medal was not awarded this year, David Lindenmayer was given a special commendation for ‘his numerous and outstanding contributions made towards the conservation of Australia’s forests and their fauna’.

Congratulations to the following publications, which recieved certificates of commendation:

Children’s Reader

You Are My Special Baby by Carol Chataway

Share the love and joy of these special babies as they explore the wonder of the world around them.




Children’s Story

Shy the Platypus by Leslie Rees

This exciting story of the life of a young platypus describes her growing up and experiencing encounters with humans, other platypuses and different animals.




Children’s Book

One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island by Alison Lester & Coral Tulloch

In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.



Children’s Series

Heroes of Australian Science (Plant and Animal Conservation by Astrid Judge & Environmental Science by Jane Fitzpatrick)

Young Naturalist

Australian Backyard Naturalist by Peter McInnis

In Australian Backyard Naturalist, Peter enthusiastically explores the animals that inhabit the places in which we live, from the furry to the slimy, the large to the tiny. He keeps readers entertained with stories about his own adventures with Australia’s creepy crawlies and other creatures, as well as collectors and naturalists stories from the times of first European settlement to recent times.

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Pocket Guide

Shorebirds, ed. by Liam Bailey & Leann Reaney

Historical Zoology

Discovery of Australia’s Fishes, A History of Australia’s Ichthyology to 1930 by Brian Saunders

This book traces the discovery of Australias fishes from the earliest days of taxonomy to the first part of the 20th century. It provides a unique insight into the diverse pathways by which Australias fish were discovered and outlines the history of early maritime explorations in Australia that collected natural history specimens. The book covers the life and work of each of the most important discoverers, and assesses their accomplishments and the limitations of their work.



Zoological Text

Reducing the Impact of Development on Wildlife by James Gleeson & Deborah Gleeson

The rapidly increasing number of threatened flora and fauna species worldwide is one of the chief problems confronting environmental professionals today. This
problem is largely due to the impact humans have had on land use through development (e.g. agricultural, residential, industrial, infrastructure and mining developments). Reducing the Impacts of Development on Wildlife contains a comprehensive range of practical measures to assist others to reduce the impacts resulting from development on terrestrial flora and fauna, and promotes ecologically sustainable development.



Invertebrate Natural History

The Biology of Squat Lobsters, ed. by Gary Poore, Shane Ahyong & Joanne Taylor

The Biology of Squat Lobsters provides keys for identification and reviews the current state of knowledge of the taxonomy, evolution, life history, distribution, ecology and fisheries of squat lobsters. A striking feature of squat lobsters is their vivid coloration, which is revealed in a selection of spectacular images of different species.

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Vertebrate Natural History

Australian High Country Owls by Jerry Olsen

Australian High Country Owls provides the latest scientific information on Australian owl species, especially Ninox owls. It details studies of Southern
Boobooks and Powerful Owls, visits to North America and Europe to learn about owl research, and the resulting publications that overturned some existing beliefs about Australian owls. The book includes numerous photographs of different owl species, and will be a handy reference for bird researchers and amateur bird watchers alike.



Popular Zoology

Desert Fishing Lessons: Adventures in Australia’s Rivers by Adam Kerezsy

In Desert Fishing Lessons, Kerezsy takes us on a rollicking journey through our arid-zone waterways and introduces us to the tough-as-nails critters that live in them; he shows us that we have much to learn from our healthy desert rivers, presents a compelling case to preserve them, and, using them as his guide, he outlines ways in which we can prevent further degradation of the Murray-Darling.



Zoological Resource

The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010 by Stephen Garnett, Judit Szabo & Guy Dutson

The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010 is the third in a series of action plans that have been produced at the start of each decade. The book analyses the IUCN status of all the species and subspecies of Australias birds, including those of the offshore territories. For each bird the size and trend in their population and distribution has been analysed using the latest iteration of IUCN Red List Criteria to determine their risk of extinction. The book also provides an account of all those species and subspecies that are or are likely to be extinct.

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Wingspan, ed. by Sean Dooley, Rebecca Stewart & Cara Schultz

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