Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Ricaby Jack Ewing
Discover the mysterious and fascinating ways in which animals and plants--and people--interact with one another in the rainforests of Costa Rica. Author and naturalist Jack Ewing shares a wealth of observations and experiences, gathered from more than three decades of living in southwestern Costa Rica, home to some of the most prolific and diverse ecosystems on Earth.… See more details below
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Discover the mysterious and fascinating ways in which animals and plants--and people--interact with one another in the rainforests of Costa Rica. Author and naturalist Jack Ewing shares a wealth of observations and experiences, gathered from more than three decades of living in southwestern Costa Rica, home to some of the most prolific and diverse ecosystems on Earth. More than just a simple collection of essays, Monkeys are Made of Chocolate is a testament to the wonder of life in all its countless guises, as seen through the eyes of a man with a gift for subtle discernment and a natural flair for storytelling.
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Jack Ewing's love affair with the rainforest began in 1970 when, in search of new opportunities for plying his Bachelor of Science degree and his skills as a cattle rancher, he left his native Colorado and moved his wife, Diane, and their young family to the jungles of Costa Rica. His ever-growing fascination with the rainforest, however, soon prompted his transformation into environmentalist and naturalist. A natural-born storyteller, Jack's articles about life in the rainforest appear regularly in Costa Rican publications, and he often speaks to environmental, student and ecological traveler groups. He is currently president of two environmental organizations, ASANA and FUNDANTA. His expertise on biological corridor projects is much sought after. "What we must do to save the rainforest," says Jack, "is connect the parks, refuges and reserves with biological corridors and then teach the people how to make a living from these natural areas without damaging or destroying them. If we want conservation to work, we have to make it profitable." Jack and Diane live on internationally acclaimed Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge where he currently serves as the director.
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Jack Ewing decided to allow nature take its course and allow his Costa Rican cattle ranch revert to rainforest. He now runs an ecotourist lodge at the site. This book contains a set of short, very readable essays covering the rewarding experiences he has had over the years given his decision to try to help promote nature and wildlife.