Jaguar: One Man's Struggle to Establish the World's First Jaguar Preserve / Edition 1

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<p>In 1983, zoologist Alan Rabinowitz ventured into the rain forest of Belize, determined to study the little-known jaguar in its natural habitat and to establish the world's first jaguar preserve. Within two years, he had succeeded. In Jaguar he provides the only first-hand account of a scientist's experience with jaguars in the wild. Jaguar presents an irresistible blend of natural history and adventure; intensely personal, it is a portrait of an elusive, solitary predator and the Mayas with which it shares the jungle. Strong and sensitive, the book excitingly describes the rewards and hardships of fighting to protect this almost mythical cat." - George Schaller, author of The Last Panda and Wildlife of the Tibetan Stepp.<p>"The glimpse which Rabinowitz's painstaking and careful research gives us of the world of the mysterious jaguar is tantalizing ....... Packed with interest and adventure." - Jane Goodall, author of Reason for Hope and In the Shadow of Ma.<p>"An intimate look at the lives of rural Central Americans. At times Rabinowitz resembles a character from Joseph Conrad ... the tension between man and beast becomes startlingly vivid." - The Washington Pos.<p>"A jungle adventure story in the classic mold, of a daredevil westerner who penetrates the deepest jungles of Belize in search of his quarry. There are thrills and chills aplenty in this quest for the mighty feline." - Kirkus Review.<p>Originally published in 1986, this edition includes a new preface and epilogue by the author that bring the story up to date with recent events in the region and around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559638029
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 570,645
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

God, Jaguar, and Man 1
1 Belize 3
2 Cockscomb 13
3 Porfilio 26
4 The Mysterious Maya Mountains 37
5 The Hunt 48
6 Ah Puch 62
7 Snake Doctor 75
8 Cirillo 88
9 Chac 103
10 Itzamna 112
11 Sue 128
12 Ixchel 143
13 Ah Kin 157
14 Obeah Man 172
15 Chicleros 186
16 Eyes of Xaman Ek - Blood of Ah Puch 200
17 Cockscomb Christmas 216
18 Ben 227
19 Kuchil Balum 241
20 Ek Chuah 255
21 Crash 268
22 Kukulcan 279
23 Cattle Killers 289
24 The Jaguar's World 301
25 The Prime Minister 314
26 Running Out of Time 324
27 Death and Departure 334
28 Good-Bye 343
29 The Circle Closes 350
Afterword 353
Bibliography 363
Acknowledgments 369
Index 371
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    The True Story

    I was married to Bader Hassan, the Belizean who started and helped Alan with his research. I got the benefit of hearing the real story from Hassan and found it to be factual, exciting and the real story could be a comedy,starring Alan. If anyone is the expert on Jaguars, it is the man Alan got all his information from, no wonder he wanted to wrestle him to the ground to get some of his knowledge, I found it a shame that Alan did not recognise Hassan as the expert on the cats of Belize, but of course, thats the name of the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    'A quick and amazing book'.

    Kukulcan, Itzamna, Ah Kin, Kan, Ek Chua, Xaman Ek, Ixchel, Ah Puch, Pinto, and Maya (who graces the dustcover on my volume). You will meet them all in this ripping true story set in the Belizean jungle. This intense and gritty book is not only a story about jaguars, it also the story of a man's self discovery and the life led by the Mayan descendents in Belize. If you would like to hear about being chased by the severed head of a Fer de Lance snake, or the mysterious 'Duende', or discovering an unknown ancient Maya ruin, these too are in this book. But watch out for the armadillo stew!

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