Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

by Bruce M. Beehler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300158335

ISBN-13: 9780300158335

Pub. Date: 08/25/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Perhaps it is not possible to experience all the mysterious sounds, the unfamiliar smells, and the spectacular sights of a tropical rainforest without ever visiting one. But this exhilarating and honest book comes wondrously close to taking the reader on such a journey. Bruce M. Beehler, a widely traveled expert on birds and tropical ecology, recounts fascinating

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Perhaps it is not possible to experience all the mysterious sounds, the unfamiliar smells, and the spectacular sights of a tropical rainforest without ever visiting one. But this exhilarating and honest book comes wondrously close to taking the reader on such a journey. Bruce M. Beehler, a widely traveled expert on birds and tropical ecology, recounts fascinating details from twelve field trips he has taken to the tropics over the past three decades. As a researcher, he brings to life the exotic rainforests and the people who inhabit them; as a conservationist, he makes a plea for better ways of managing rainforests—“a resource that the world cannot do without.” 

Drawing on his experiences in Papua New Guinea, India, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Panama, and the Ivory Coast, Beehler describes the surprises—both pleasant and unpleasant—of doing science and conservation in the field. He explains the role that rainforests play in the lives of indigenous peoples and the crucial importance of understanding local cultures, customs, and politics. The author concludes with simple but tough solutions for maintaining rainforest health, expressing fervent hope that his great-grandchildren and others may one day also hear the rainforest whisper its secrets.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158335
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 In the Rainforest 4

2 In the Zone and on the Plantation 30

3 On the Trail of Ripley and Ali 54

4 Wallace's Promised Land 84

5 Biodiversity and Intrigue across the Inner Line 105

6 Forest Gardens 128

7 Local People Really Do Count 155

8 Pitiful Scraps of Forest 181

9 Lemurs, Vangas, Chameleons, and Poverty 199

10 The Lost World 221

Epilogue 249

Bibliography 253

Index 255

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