Davis, Jr. (emeritus. Boston U.) has written what has been called the first general natural history written on Tasmania in nearly 100 years. The island, located off the southern tip of Australia, offers a mild climate, lush vegetation, and unusual wildlife, such as its signature Tasmanian Devil. An ornithologist, Davis traveled to the island seven times in preparation for writing this book. The book is illustrated and includes an appendix with a listing of Tasmania's flora and fauna.