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Title:
Tropical Mexico : the ecotravellers' wildlife guide : the Cancún region, Yucatán peninsula, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco
Author:
Beletsky, Les, 1956-
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiii, 497 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm.
General Note:
"Endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society"--Cover.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780120848126
Format :
Book

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Summary

Most ecotravellers to southern Mexico-Canc?n and the Yucat?n 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 colour 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. Features: * Gives lists of reserves and sites to visit * Presents up-to-date text on conversation in Mexico * Provides field guide plates of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and reef fishes * Provides identifying, location, and conservation information on the most frequently spotted animals * Presents up-to-date informa


Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1. Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concernedp. 1
What Ecotourism Is and Why It's Importantp. 1
The History of Ecotourismp. 3
How Ecotourism Helps; Ecotravel Ethicsp. 4
Chapter 2. Southern Mexico: Ecotourism, Geography, and Habitatsp. 7
A Brief Eco-history of Southern Mexicop. 7
Yucatan Peninsulap. 9
Oaxaca and Chiapasp. 12
Geography and Climatep. 13
Yucatan Peninsulap. 14
Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabascop. 16
Habitatsp. 19
Tropical Forest: General Characteristicsp. 19
Habitats and Common Vegetationp. 22
Yucatan Peninsulap. 22
Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabascop. 24
Chapter 3. Parks, Reserves, and Getting Aroundp. 37
Getting Around Southern Mexicop. 37
Driving Here and Therep. 37
Notes Concerning Interactions with Humansp. 38
Topes and Topes Culturep. 38
Brief descriptions of Parks, Reserves, and Other Eco-sitesp. 39
Oaxacap. 39
Chiapasp. 42
Tabascop. 47
Campechep. 47
Yucatanp. 48
Quintana Roop. 51
Chapter 4. Environmental Threats and Conservationp. 55
Major Threats and Conservation Recordp. 55
Conservation Programs and Ecotourismp. 57
Biosphere Reservesp. 57
Ecotourismp. 60
Ejidos, Conservation, and Ecotourismp. 61
Chapter 5. How to Use This Book: Ecology and Natural Historyp. 65
What is Natural History?p. 65
What is Ecology and What Are Ecological Interactions?p. 65
How to Use This Bookp. 67
Information in the Family Profilesp. 67
Information in the Color Plate Sectionsp. 71
Chapter 6. Amphibiansp. 74
General Characteristics and Natural Historyp. 74
Seeing Amphibians in Tropical Mexicop. 76
Family Profilesp. 77
1. Salamandersp. 77
2. Toadsp. 79
3. Rainfrogsp. 81
4. Treefrogsp. 83
5. Other Frogsp. 85
Environmental Close-Up 1: Frog Population Declines: Amphibian Armageddon or Alarmist Absurdity?p. 88
Chapter 7. Reptilesp. 91
General Characteristics and Natural Historyp. 91
Seeing Reptiles in Tropical Mexicop. 94
Family Profilesp. 94
1. Crocodiliansp. 94
2. Turtlesp. 97
3. Colubrids: Your Regular, Everyday Snakesp. 101
4. Dangerous Snakes and Boasp. 105
5. Geckosp. 110
6. Iguanidsp. 111
7. Skinks and Whiptailsp. 115
Environmental Close-Up 2: Coffee, Birds, and Conservationp. 117
Chapter 8. Birdsp. 120
Introductionp. 121
General Characteristics of Birdsp. 122
Classification of Birdsp. 122
Features of Tropical Birdsp. 123
Seeing Birds in Tropical Mexicop. 124
Family Profilesp. 125
1. Seabirdsp. 125
2. Waterbirdsp. 127
3. Herons and Egretsp. 131
4. Marsh and Stream Birdsp. 133
5. Ducksp. 135
6. Shorebirdsp. 136
7. Currasows, Quail, and Turkeyp. 139
8. Tinamousp. 141
9. Raptorsp. 143
10. Vulturesp. 146
11. Pigeons and Dovesp. 149
12. Parrotsp. 152
13. Cuckoos and Anisp. 155
14. Owlsp. 157
15. Goatsuckersp. 158
16. Swifts and Swallowsp. 160
17. Hummingbirdsp. 162
18. Trogonsp. 166
19. Kingfishersp. 168
20. Motmotsp. 170
21. Woodpeckersp. 171
22. Toucansp. 174
23. Woodcreepersp. 175
24. Antbirdsp. 177
25. Manakinsp. 179
26. Cotingasp. 181
27. American Flycatchersp. 183
28. Wrensp. 185
29. Thrushes and Mockingbirdsp. 187
30. Jaysp. 189
31. Warblers and Other Small, Flitting Birdsp. 191
32. Blackbirds and Oriolesp. 193
33. Tanagersp. 196
34. Sparrows and Grosbeaksp. 199
Environmental Close-Up 3: Illegal Traffic in Rare Animals: The Case of the Mexican Parrotp. 201
Chapter 9. Mammalsp. 204
Introductionp. 204
General Characteristicsp. 205
Classificationp. 205
Features of Tropical Mammalsp. 206
Seeing Mammals in Tropical Mexicop. 207
Family Profilesp. 208
1. Opossumsp. 208
2. Batsp. 210
3. Primatesp. 215
4. Anteaters and Armadillosp. 219
5. Rodentsp. 221
6. Carnivoresp. 225
7. Peccaries and Deerp. 230
8. Tapirp. 232
9. Marine Mammalsp. 233
Environmental Close-Up 4: Endemism: Political System Advocating the End of the World, or Something More Interesting?p. 236
Chapter 10. Coral Reef Wildlifep. 239
Referencesp. 243
Habitat Photosp. 245
Identification Plates 1-104p. 255
WCS Conservation Work in Latin Americap. 464
WCS Membership Information Pagep. 472
Species Indexp. 474
General Indexp. 488

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