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Most nature travellers to Southern Mexico—Cancún and the Yucatán Peninsula, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco—want to experience tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife: toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and anteaters, frogs and toads, crocodiles and snakes. This book provides all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life. - Identifying, location, ecological, and conservation information on the most frequently spotted animals. - Color illustrations of about 550 of the most common fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals—the species you are most likely to see. - Information on habitats of Southern Mexico and on the most common plants you will encounter. - Information on the underwater animals most divers and snorkelers actually see. - Brief descriptions of the region's most frequently visited parks and reserves. Easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated – you will want to have this book as constant companion on your journey.
About the Author
Les Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and university zoology teacher. Prior to taking up writing wildlife guides, he conducted many years of field research into the ecology and behavior of birds, along the way publishing many scientific reports and writing two books. An avid ecotraveller, he visits the Americas, Africa, and Australia often. His basic view of life is that he’d rather be travelling and visiting new places and exotic locales than be doing anything else. Costa Rica, he now says, is his favorite spot on the planet. Currently he makes his home in Seattle, Washington, USA.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"...this convenient field guide-sized book is absolutely packed with information for the visitor. This book provides excellent background and field information " strongly recommended."
"These are books I would certainly want to read before a visit."