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The Red Sands of Hattah is an account of how we have come to accept the killing of native Australian wildlife, even within natural places such as National Parks.

The precedent for the killing of kangaroos on a large scale within National Parks was set in the 1980s in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria.

This book documents how the scientific, conservation and animal welfare movements initially came together to stop this from happening. Unfortunately, the campaign ultimately failed and kangaroos continue to be killed in their millions every year throughout Australia.


“I have been an active environmentalist since the 1970s.  I was President of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council during much of the 1980s and early 90s while campaigning to stop the mass killing of kangaroos in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.  I have written a great deal about this issue in textbooks and academic papers.  However, I always felt I was preaching to the converted or to the unconvertable.  Consequently, I have tried my hand at a fictional novel and hope to reach a wider audience.  The Red Sands of Hattah provides thought provoking information in what I trust to be an entertaining, easy to read publication.

I have dedicated this project to the many interesting characters that were, and in some cases still are, involved in the protection of Australia’s unique native wildlife.”

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Author Peter with The Red Sands of Hattah Book

Peter Preuss – Author and Environmentalist