Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica

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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, 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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Overview

Discover the mysterious and fascinating ways in which animals and plants - and people - interact with one another in the rainforests of 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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Editorial Reviews

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Most books on Costa Rica focus on travel tips, but this one takes a different turn... Stories and essays provide literally decades of observation of the Costa Rican natural environment and its management. A ‘must’ for any who plan on seeing the country and who want to know more of its wildlife and habitats.
Daniel Quinn
Jack Ewing's thirty-year adventure in a Costa Rican jungle has produced a book full of infectious love and amazing lore.
Pamela Herring
I teach English at the University of Texas at Brownsville, which is implementing linked courses in its fall offerings. My Composition courses are linked with Biology. After investigating a number of texts, I chose your book, Monkeys are Made of Chocolate, and Rachel Carson's Lost Woods. Thank you for writing about such important subjects in a voice that invites everyone to read. You are educating many people because of your ‘punch-packing’ humor. I love your book.
Richard Andrus
Jack's essays offer great insight into tropical natural history, rural Costa Rican culture and environmental issues. The natural history is so well done and the environmental insights so painlessly integrated that I use the book in my tropical ecology and conservation course.
Rob Rachowiecki
Written in language accessible to everyone, the 32 stories in this book delve deep into the fascinating world of Costa Rica's tropical wildlife, skillfully intertwining ecological facts with current environmental and social issues which affect all of us. Even trained scientists will find something new in the personal, and often humorous, observations in these pages. This book is perfect reading for every inquisitive traveler to Costa Rica.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965809818
  • Publisher: PixyJack Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 161,092
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xiii
1 Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate 1
2 A Tale of Tzimin and Bolom 7
3 Raven Meets Toboba Tiznada 14
4 Eating the Seed Corn 25
5 Who Says You Can't Teach An Old Sloth New Tricks 31
6 There's a Fungus Among Us 38
7 Everybody Loves Toucan Sam...or Do They? 44
8 Buffalo Herds, Beer and a Disease-Free World 50
9 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 56
10 Not a Tree to Hug 63
11 Viagra Brings New Hope for Vanishing Marine Turtles 69
12 Addictive Brown Powder and Biodiversity 75
13 Blood Eaters Gone Amok 81
14 A Musty What? 87
15 Bats in the Attic, Pigs on the Plane, Hey Ma, the Well's Gone Dry 93
16 Deforestation, Reforestation and Regeneration 98
17 How Much Is a Tree Worth? 105
18 Please Don't Feed the Crocodiles 112
19 Great Weather for Bare-Throated Tiger Herons 118
20 The Tapirs of Sirena 124
21 A Bad Trip into the Magic World of the Giant Toad 131
22 Moon Lore: Method, Magic or Madness? 137
23 The Law of the Jungle: Survive If You Can 143
24 Those Dangerous Eco-Nuts 149
25 Close Encounters in the Slow Lane 153
26 Carrying Things to Extremes: Extremely Beautiful, Extremely Toxic 159
27 Alien Invasion: Exotics, Non-Natives and Invasives 165
28 Hateful Devils the Ants Won't Even Eat 172
29 Burgers versus Biodiversity in the Mangrove 178
30 And the Cards Came Tumbling Down 184
31 The Pizote and the Lion 190
32 Strange Things Are Happening in the Tree Tops 196
Epilogue 203
Acknowledgments 207
Recommended Reading 208
About the Author and Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Interesting read for the Costa Rican ecotourist

    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.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Great Insight Into Costa Rica Nature, Flora and Fauna

    This is a terrific compilation of essays from an author who lives in Costa Rica and makes his living by understanding the nature of this Central American country. The essays range from environmentalism to animals, evolution, and conservation.

    I purchased this book in advance of a family trip to Guanacaste in northwest Costa Rica. I consider this book a must-have for advance research, planning and understanding of the natural-side of this extremely eco-friendly and eco-aware country. "Monkeys" will provide insight into the country's natural history and you'll feel more prepared and aware of what the country has offer.

    The short essays(ranging from 3-6 pages each) are a quick read - perfect for the pool, beach or plane.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Fun read for those interested in Costa Rica!

    As the author of Explore Costa Rica, a travel guide to Costa Rica, I've known Jack Ewing for more than ten years. Jack owns and runs Finca Hacienda Baru, one of Costa Rica's oldest eco-lodges. Jack has had many fascinating experiences during his years of residence, and he tells about them in this book. I learned a lot, and you will too! I recommend this book to anyone interested in tropical rainforests, ecology, Costa Rica, and animals.

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