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Publication Date: June 28, 2021
Categories: Computing, Science and Education, History, Politics and Society, AutobiographyISBN: 9781913551919
Journey among Animals is zoologist Meredith Happold’s delightful and enlightening story of her work with animals – especially bats. It begins with the story of Mickey the mouse-eared bat who taught her to love bats, and her childhood in rural Australia surrounded by goats, horses, dogs and possums who taught her how to establish empathy with animals. Meredith studied zoology at university, going on to become a highly regarded zoologist specializing in animal behaviour and ecology.
Journey among Animals explores some of her field career in Nigeria and Malawi where she and her husband studied the ecology and behaviour of small mammals and bats in many different habitats. Their research culminated in having an African bat named after them (Happolds’ Pipistrelle, Parahypsugo happoldorum) in recognition of their work. Bats are much-maligned animals, but Meredith demonstrates how these delightful, intelligent, friendly, curious, useful creatures are so important in today’s world and Journey among Animals are Meredith’s reflections on how attitudes to animals and the study of animal behaviour have changed during her lifetime.
Meredith Happold was born in Victoria, Australia in 1945 and was a zoologist for over fifty years. She has carried out fieldwork, in Australia and Africa, and has worked as a lecturer or demonstrator in animal behaviour, ecology and other aspects of zoology at four Australian universities. She has been published extensively in scientific journals and wrote/edited the profiles of bats for the book Mammals of Africa. She enjoyed travelling and mixing with people with different lifestyles and cultures. Meredith is now retired.
Clive Crouch OAM (Guest Review) - 15 Jul, 2021
As a nature lover who has spent a lifetime in wildlife research and conservation in Australia, it was an absolute delight to read Meredith Happold's 'Journey Among Animals'.
I feel that it is the 21st century equivalent of Konrad Lorenz' 'King Solomon's Ring'. One cannot be anything but impressed with the quality of writing, the empathy Meredith has for animals and her diligence as a zoologist and researcher.
It is the most inspiring book that I have read this year and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in wildlife.
Mary Twidell (Guest Review) - 25 Nov, 2021
I commend this book wholeheartedly. It is one that will interest a very wide range of readers, combining travel writing, zoological research , autobiography and much else besides. Whilst being of a high academic standard ( there are detailed references) it is eminently readable and delightfully human in its approach. Thank you to Meredith Happold for a most entertaining, educative and enjoyable read. I shall certainly be giving this as a present .