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The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide to Tropical Mexico

Wildlife GuideOut of Print

Series: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide Series

By: Les Beletsky

497 pages, Col and b/w illus

AP Natural World

Paperback | Dec 1999 | #78762 | ISBN: 0120848120
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Contains more than 500 colour illustrations of the most common fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals to be found in such areas of southern Mexico as the Yucatán Peninsula, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco. It also provides identifying, location and conservation information on the most frequently spotted animals and presents up-to-date information on the ecology, behaviour, and conservation of the families of animals to which the pictured species belong.

This, the third volume in an excellent series directed at environmentally aware/sympathetic travellers, follows the same format as the previous two providing an excellent guide to the most frequently encountered vertebrates and marine wildlife of southern Mexico. - IBIS (2000) "...he gives 80 pages of bird-family profiles, taking in both ecology and behaviour, then follows with 50 pages of glorious plates, each with its facing page synoptic information including information and habitat notes. The big, big plus, however, is that he gives the same treatment to amphibians, reptiles and mammals. This should see to it that you do not miss out on the non-avian wonders that Mexico has to offer. Take [this book] with you." - BIRDWATCHER'S YEARBOOK (2000) "Two of the Ecotravellers' Guides have already been reviewed in BTO News and this one certainly maintains the excellent standard. A brilliant idea combines much information on the habitats and natural history of the area, sites to visit, 21 mouth-watering photos of the habitats and 104 plates and descriptions illustrating everything from jellyfish to jaguars, reef-fish to red-eyed tree frogs and rattlesnakes to quetzals." - BTO NEWS (September/October 1999) "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). Tropical Mexico 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." - Jennifer Howard in THE WASHINGTON POST (June 1999) "...anyone planning a trip to Mexico and looking for general information on the more common reptiles, amphibians and mammals occurring there need look no further: the book provides a useful summary of the species most likely to be encountered." - Richard Webb in BIRDING WORLD (May 1999)


Foreword. Preface. Ecotourism: Travel For The Environmentally Concerned. Southern Mexico: Ecotourism, Geography, And Habitats. Parks, Reserves, and Getting Around. Environmental Threats And Conservation. How To Use This Book: Ecology And Natural History. Amphibians. Reptiles. Birds. Mammals. Coral Reef Wildlife. References. Habitat Photos. Identification Plates 1-104. WCS Conservation Work In Latin America. WCS Membership Information Page. Species Index. General Index.

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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, publishing many scientific reports and writing two books. An avid ecotraveler, he has visited numerous sites in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. He currently makes his home in Seattle, Washington.

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