Phasmid Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Coral Tulloch, Rohan Cleave


Phasmid Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Coral Tulloch, Rohan Cleave

Age range 4 - 7 Phasmid presents the amazing true story of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid - or Stick Insect. Once thought to be extinct, the phasmids were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometres off the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia, prompting an extraordinary conservation effort to save this remarkable insect. With a captivating narrative by Rohan Cleave and stunning watercolour illustrations by renowned artist Coral Tulloch, Phasmid is a positive story about one species' incredible story of survival in a time of worldwide species decline. Phasmid tells the remarkable story of the rediscovery and rescue of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect. IT WAS thought that this species was extinct - lost forever - until one moonlight night a few surviving insects were found on a single bush peaking out a rock crevice. The race was on to save the species, and with the determination and passion of some dedicated people, the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect was brought back from the edge of extinction. Rohan Cleave's inspiring text and Coral Tulloch's evocative illustrations showcase this amazing insect, and give us hope and proof that we can make a difference. Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder - The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, Teachers Notes available.

About the Author

Rohan Cleave is a zookeeper at Melbourne Zoo, where he has been involved in the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect recovery breeding program since 2003. He now manages the program at Melbourne Zoo. Coral Tulloch is an award-winning illustrator who has worked on close to 60 fiction and non-fiction books for children, both in Australia and internationally

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32 pages


Coral Tulloch, Rohan Cleave
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Publication date

1st September 2015



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