Saving The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Rohan Cleave
Illustrated by Coral Tulloch
October 2015
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    5th October 2015
  • ISBN 9781486301126
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 10" x 8.625"

Winner of a 2016 Whitley Award Commendation for Children's Conservation Book

“Sometimes a story of animal survival in the wild is so unbelievable that you couldn’t possibly think it was true. This is one such story, of how a few dedicated people rediscovered a lost species, and others are working together to save it from extinction.”

Phasmid presents the amazing true story of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid – aka Stick Insect. Once thought to be extinct, the phasmids were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometers off the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia, prompting an extraordinary conservation effort to save this remarkable insect. It is now officially known as a “Lazarus species” and has attracted the attention of zoo goers, tourists, naturalists Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough and millions of viewers on Vimeo.

With a captivating narrative by Rohan Cleave and stunning watercolor 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. It will help to inspire young readers to think about the survival of all species, including insects.

Named an Honour Book for The CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (2016) and shortlisted for The Wilderness Society's Annual Environment Award for Children's Literature (2016).

Rohan Cleave

Rohan Cleave is a zookeeper at Zoos Victoria. His books include Phasmid, Bouncing Back, and On the Trail of the Plains-wanderer. He has received CBCA Shortlist and Notable listings, a Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature and a RZSNSW Whitley Award for Children's Natural History Book.

Coral Tulloch

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.