BELIZE & NORTHERN GUATEMALA PPR APL by Les Beletsky, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
BELIZE & NORTHERN GUATEMALA PPR APL

BELIZE & NORTHERN GUATEMALA PPR APL

by Les Beletsky
     
 
Most travellers to Belize and Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife. This guide provides all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life. Beletsky selected approximately 500 of the animals you are most likely to see, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and

Overview

Most travellers to Belize and Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife. This guide provides all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life. Beletsky selected approximately 500 of the animals you are most likely to see, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Also pictured are some of the highly endangered species of the area. You will want to have this easy-to-carry, entertaining, and beautifully illustrated book as a constant companion on your journey.

Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Howard
Moving from the urban to the wild, a new breed of guidebooks focuses on flora and fauna (and not in the way Harold Gatty did). The Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guides grew out of its nature-loving author's frustration that 'I could not locate a single book to take along on a trip that would help me identify all the types of animals that really interested me.' So Beletsky wrote one that did. Combining natural history -lore, habits, best places to spot each creature- with pointers on specific sites and background on the state of conservation in the region today.
The Washington Post
Nick Baker
There are so many bad guides on the market trying to do what this book does so simply and so well. ...few are written with the same authority and attention to detail that wildlife biologist and zoology lecturer Les Beletsky has brought to bear in this volume. It could be the best (money) you spend all trip.
BBC Wildlife
Toni Stroud
You could empty a forest's worth of trees, what with all the books being printed about Costa Rica. Pity that so few guides so fully focus on the country's ecological treasures as this one does. Here, you won't find a word about the best hotels or who's got the coldest beer. About half of its 426 slick pages are devoted to identification plates, those colorful drawings that, for instance, help you differentiate between the mealy parrott and the red-lored parrot. Joining the multitude of bird species are equally fine drawings of reptiles, monkeys, and wild cats.
Chicago Tribune
Reshma Prakash
If, like many, you have trouble distinguishing a Tropical Kingsnake from a Coral Snake, or a Woolly False Vampire Bat from a Common Vampire Bat, [the price of this book] will set you on the right path.
The Earth Times
Booknews
Offers information helpful for finding, identifying, and understanding the region's wildlife, covering some 350 of the region's most common amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Focus is on animals travelers are most likely to see, but there is also coverage of endangered species. Includes information on the region's most popular parks and reserves, and on Belize's coral reef. Contains color drawings of critters, and color photos of habitats. Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and university zoology teacher. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780120848119
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides
Pages:
487
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Les Beletsky
Even though I'm a professional wildlife biologist, I've always found it difficult while travelling to identify animals I'm not familiar with and to get good, on-site information about them, unless I'm with an expert guide or willing to lug around several heavy books (a bird book, a mammal book, etc.). I've produced the Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides to help solve this problem. The books in the series are aimed at travellers with an interest in animals, at people for whom some of the best moments of any trip to a place like Costa Rica are unexpected encounters with birds and mammals, reptiles and amphibians. You will find in these books information on (1) common animals likely to be seen, (2) those that are commonly pointed out by tour-guides and tourist literature, (3) some threatened ones that are, for example, subjects of conservation attention, and (4) some that are of special ecological significance. The books, endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, are real field guides, with extensive color artwork produced by some of the world's top wildlife artists. To give you an idea of the "depth" of coverage, the Costa Rica book includes detailed information and color illustrations on 80 plates of about 220 bird species, 50 mammals, and 80 species of amphibians and reptiles - the book truly covers most of the land animals you might encounter in the the country. Additionally, initial chapters in each book introduce the country or region, its habitats and climate, its common trees and other plants, and describe conservation projects and ecotourism there, as well as major eco-attractions (national parks, nature reserves, etc.). My hopes are that these books will be put to good use in the field by ecotravellers, will make trips more enjoyable, and will assist in conservation in a small way by helping to educate people about the wildlife and habitats in the countries through which they travel.

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