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Cane Toad Wars By Rick Shine

Cane Toad Wars by Rick Shine

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Cane Toad Wars by Rick Shine

In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects that were decimating sugar-cane harvests. In Australia the Cane Toad adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain.

Cane Toad Wars chronicles the work of intrepid scientist Rick Shine, who has been documenting the toad's ecological impact in Australia and seeking to buffer it. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author's research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A firsthand account of a perplexing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.

Cane Toad Wars Reviews

"This engaging firsthand account account tells the personal story of Professor Shine's lifetime of research into cane toads and how rigorous natural history studies can effectively inform conservation policies and practices. Professor Shine also makes a strong argument in support of that (apparently) most quaint of scientific practices: field work." * Forbes *
"This is a delightful book full of science, management, Australian humour, and a tremendous amount of information about cane toads. And in the end it is optimistic!" * The International Journal of Conservation *
"...a rollicking good read - written with a wry, self-deprecating humour, but deadly serious about understanding the biology of this organism and its place in the landscape." * Australian Book Review *
"An impressive body of research." * Conservation Biology *
"This is a wonderful book, both entertaining and enlightening, while also revealing the entire story of a conservation disaster and an impressive run of basic and applied biology." * Herpetological Review *
"This is a gripping narrative, recounted by a scientist with a natural flair for story-telling." * iHerp Australia *

About Rick Shine

Rick Shine is Professor of Biology at the University of Sydney. He has published more than a thousand scientific papers on the ecology of reptiles and amphibians, and he has received a host of national and international awards for his research.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Harry W. Greene vii
Preface xi

1 * An Ecological Catastrophe 1
2 * How the Cane Toad Came to Australia 13
3 * Arrival of Cane Toads at Fogg Dam 36
4 * How Cane Toads Have Adapted and Dispersed 55
5 * The Impact of Cane Toads on Australian Wildlife 79
6 * How the Ecosystem Has Fought Back 108
7 * Citizens Take On the Toad 130
8 * The Quest for a Way to Control the Toad 155
9 * A New Toolkit for Fighting the Toad 178
10 * Toad Control Moves from the Lab to the Field 203
11 * What We've Learned 228

Acknowledgments 245
Appendix 247
Bibliography and Suggested Reading 251

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Cane Toad Wars by Rick Shine
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