To catch a glimpse of the beginnings of the mammal dynasty, the series includes a journey to Australia to meet some of the most ancient creatures in the world - the echidna
and the platypus.
While I do not condone the eating of echidnas
, Howitt's account of the taste of echidna
is in some ways representative of a culture of paying attention to one's surroundings, of using all one's senses to "observe".
At the National Park visitor centre we spotted an echidna
pushing its snout through the earth in search of tasty morsels.
The IslandOs prolific wildlife includes kangaroos, koalas, seals and sea lions, echidnas
and rare birds.
Black swans have amazing courtship rituals and even echidnas
get 'horny', forming mating trains.
Hollows in dead or fallen trees are important for ground dependant animals such as echidnas
, quolls and bandicoots.
In addition, an extended stay on Kangaroo Island allows participants to experience close-up encounters with fur seals, koalas, kangaroos, echidnas
, reptiles, wildflowers, and some of the 250 species of birds found on the island.
The kangaroos are feeling bouncy, the echidnas
are being prickly, the emus are feeling peckish and possums are just hanging around.
research was at the Bronx Zoo in New York, managed to capture and attach transmitters to 22 echidnas
Just a handful of mammals lay eggs, including the platypus and echidnas
featured in this section.
Some fish have electroreceptors, as do echidnas
, the other egg-laying mammal.
However, other recently painted motifs within the shelter indicate that Namarrkon was not the only preoccupation of the artists, as the best-preserved paintings here are a pair of white+red 'echidnas
' (Figure 10): echidnas
were both a totemic animal and a favoured food on the plateau.
- spiny anteaters - have been known to stack drinking containers in a corner to climb out of a cage.
These include the aardwolves of Africa, the aardvarks ("ground pig" in Afrikaans) and the pangolins of Africa and Asia, and the numbats and echidnas
, primitive egg-laying mammals of Australia.
and the duckbilled platypus are the only egg-laying mammals.