Costa Rica: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide

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Most travellers to Costa Rica want to experience its lush tropical forests and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife; toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles, and (yes) snakes. Here is all the information you will need to find, identify and learn about Costa Rica's magnificent wildlife. The author, himself a wildlife biologist and experienced ecotraveller, visited national parks, reserves, and other ecological sites, discussed wildlife with local and ...
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Overview

Most travellers to Costa Rica want to experience its lush tropical forests and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife; toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles, and (yes) snakes. Here is all the information you will need to find, identify and learn about Costa Rica's magnificent wildlife. The author, himself a wildlife biologist and experienced ecotraveller, visited national parks, reserves, and other ecological sites, discussed wildlife with local and international experts and veteran tour leaders, and then selected, for new color illustrations, nearly 350 of Costa Rica's most common amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals--the species you are actually likely to see. Also pictured are some animals of special biological significance-for instance, some highly endangered species. Easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated-you will want to have this book as a constant companion on your journey.
* Identification, distribution, and conservation information on Costa Rica's frequently spotted animals
* Up-to-date information on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of the families of animals to which the pictured species belong
* Information on habitats and on the most common plants you will encounter
* Brief descriptions of Costa Rica's most frequently visited parks and reserves
* Information on ecotourism in general and on conservation in Costa Rica

With Costa Rica: The Ecotravelers Wildlife Guide, Les Beletsky provides the tourist to Central America with an invaluable handbook to natural history, ecology, and wildlife habitats. The readable, informative text along with photos and drawings will help the ecotourist to identify animals encountered on their visit. Also included are lists of wildlife reserves and other ecologically significant sites with up-to-date conservation techniques in Costa Rica. It is the only book that gives the reader a mix of natural history, ecology, conservation, species identification and site guide all in one volume.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Howard
0120848104|"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
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
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
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
Booknews
A guide to the recognition of some 80 species of amphibians and reptiles, 80 mammals, and 200 birds one is likely to see in Costa Rica. Color plates of the animals are included and information on the geography and habitats of Costa Rica, how the animals fit into the country's ecology, and other topics is provided. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120848102
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concerned 1
Ch. 2 Costa Rica: Ecotourism, Geography, Habitats, Parks 6
Ch. 3 How to Use This Book: Ecology and Natural History 34
Ch. 4 Conservation in Costa Rica 43
Ch. 5 Amphibians 49
Ch. 6 Reptiles 69
Ch. 7 Birds 97
Ch. 8 Mammals 187
References 223
Habitat Photos 225
Identification Plates 1-80 235
WCS Conservation Work in Latin America 397
WCS Membership Information Page 405
Species Index 407
General Index 419
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