Costa Rica: Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guide

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Les Beletsky provides the tourist to South America with an invaluable handbook to natural history, ecology, and wildlife habitats. The readable, informative text along with photos and drawings will help the ecotourist to identify animals encountered on their visit. Also included are lists of wildlife reserves and other ecologically significant sites with up-to-date conservation techniques in Costa Rica. It is the only book that gives the reader a mix of natural history, ecology, conservation, species identification and site guide all in one volume. Features: * The only guide to Costa Rica to combine general ecological information with basic species identification * Plates of species with photos of typical habitats and drawings of common plants * Lists of Reserves and sites to visit * Up-to-date text on conservation in Costa Rica

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Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides have been hailed an "excellent series" by Birding World and an "inspired new concept in the field-guide genre" by Birding magazine.

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My comments describe this new series of travel books.
Even though I'm a professional wildlife biologist, I've always found it difficult while travelling to identify animals I'm not familiar with and to get good, on-site information about them, unless I'm with an expert guide or willing to lug around several heavy books (a bird book, a mammal book, etc.). I've produced the Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides to help solve this problem. The books in the series are aimed at travellers with an interest in animals, at people for whom some of the best moments of any trip to a place like Costa Rica are unexpected encounters with birds and mammals, reptiles and amphibians. You will find in these books information on (1) common animals likely to be seen, (2) those that are commonly pointed out by tour-guides and tourist literature, (3) some threatened ones that are, for example, subjects of conservation attention, and (4) some that are of special ecological significance. The books, endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, are real field guides, with extensive color artwork produced by some of the world's top wildlife artists. To give you an idea of the "depth" of coverage, the Costa Rica book includes detailed information and color illustrations on 80 plates of about 220 bird species, 50 mammals, and 80 species of amphibians and reptiles - the book truly covers most of the land animals you might encounter in the the country. Additionally, initial chapters in each book introduce the country or region, its habitats and climate, its common trees and other plants, and describe conservation projects and ecotourism there, as well as major eco-attractions (national parks, nature reserves, etc.). My hopes are that these books will be put to good use in the field by ecotravellers, will make trips more enjoyable, and will assist in conservation in a small way by helping to educate people about the wildlife and habitats in the countries through which they travel.

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