Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

1. From the (under) ground up? Evolution and relationships 1

2. How the koala lost its tail: Aboriginal Dreamtime 20

3. Coolah, koala or sloth? Discovery by Europeans 47

4. Finicky feeders: Koala ecology 72

5. Time to sleep: Koala behaviour 91

6. Koalas as ambassadors: Zoos and tourism 111

7. Creation of an icon: From cartoon character to chocolate bar 142

8. Island dilemma: The politics and costs of managing koalas 163

9. Open season: The koala fur trade 196

10. Habitat loss chaos: Threats to the koala 219

11. Conservation controversy: The highs and lows 246

Conclusion 275

Notes and sources 279

Index 323

The koala: one of Australia's great icons

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