Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor , published by Canterbury University Press, is on the inaugural long list for the 2016 Ockham NZ Book Awards in the illustrated non-fiction category.
The book is the culmination of almost 30 years of research on tuatara and their conservation management by author and biologist Dr Alison Cree. It is the first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout. The evolution, natural history and conservation of tuatara are covered in comprehensive detail, providing a resource for the specialist yet in a style accessible to a wide readership.
The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand. There are 10 longlisted books in each of the four categories.
The judges will reveal their shortlist on March 8, 2016, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 10, 2016 at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival.