Kangaroo Dreaming: An Australian Wildlife Odyssey (Random House/Sierra Club Books, 2000) tells of a nine-month, 25,000-mile journey Ed and his naturalist wife, Debbie, made around the hottest, flattest, most biologically singular continent on Earth. For the better part of a year, they stayed off the beaten track and worked to get close, not in zoos or botanical gardens but in the wild, to Australia's flora and fauna---platypuses, wombats, kangaroos, parrots, snakes, eucalyptus trees, hammer orchids, the works. Succeeding beyond their wildest dreams, they found a long-lost cousin and made lifelong friends in the process.
"This deliberate odyssey is a beautifully written narrative, rich in natural history observation, woven into a marvelous story fresh off Penelope's loom," writes Ann Zwinger, John Burroughs medal-winning author of Run, River, Run. "Ed Kanze offers a superb chronicle of the nature of Australia in all the meanings of the word. You won't be able to read it without wanting to call your travel agent."---Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home.
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