This paper introduces a collection of four articles on social beliefs, values and practices associated with ‘wild’ animals in Australia. It provides an overview of key developments in the international and Australian fields of Human-Animal Studies and briefly addresses the value and challenges of crossdisciplinary communication and collaboration in this field.
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