Tropical Mexico: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide

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Most Ecotravellers to southern Mexico--Canc?d the Yucat?Peninsula, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco--want to experience tropical forests and other stunning habitats, as well as catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife, including toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, hawks, monkeys, anteaters, frogs, toads, crocodiles and snakes. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify and learn about this region's magnificent animal life. The author visited national parks and nature reserves, discussed wildlife with local ...
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Overview

Most Ecotravellers to southern Mexico--Canc?d the Yucat?Peninsula, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco--want to experience tropical forests and other stunning habitats, as well as catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife, including toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, hawks, monkeys, anteaters, frogs, toads, crocodiles and snakes. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify and learn about this region's magnificent animal life. The author visited national parks and nature reserves, discussed wildlife with local and international experts as well as veteran tour leaders, and then selected for color illustrations more than 500 of the most common fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals--the species you are most likely to see. In one easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated book, you will have a constant companion on your journey:
* Identification, location, and conservation information on the most 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 the habitats of Tropical Mexico and on the most common plants you will encounter
* Information on the underwater animals most divers and snorkelers actually see
* Brief description of the region's most frequently visited parks and reserves

Audience: Ecotourists and general tourists visiting Tropical Mexico with an interest in its natural history.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Howard
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
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. ,br>—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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120848126
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 5.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concerned 1
Ch. 2 Southern Mexico: Ecotourism, Geography, and Habitats 7
Ch. 3 Parks, Reserves, and Getting Around 37
Ch. 4 Environmental Threats and Conservation 55
Ch. 5 How to Use This Book: Ecology and Natural History 65
Ch. 6 Amphibians 74
Ch. 7 Reptiles 91
Ch. 8 Birds 120
Ch. 9 Mammals 204
Ch. 10 Coral Reef Wildlife 239
References 243
Habitat Photos 245
Identification Plates 1-104 255
WCS Conservation Work in Latin America 464
WCS Membership Information Page 472
Species Index 474
General Index 488
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