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Inside the Dzanga Sangha Rain Forest : from the working journals of the scientists, artists, and filmmakers on expedition for the American Museum of Natural History
Lyman, Francesca.
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New York : Workman Pub., [1998]

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126 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
An account of the American Museum of Natural History expedition to the Dzanga Sangha Rain Forest in the Central African Republic to collect specimens for an exhibit.
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QH195.C38 I57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Inside the Dzanga Sangha Rain Forest follows a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers as they search for the elusive lowland gorilla, rare birds, leopards, a universe of insects, not to mention the powerful elephants for whom the forest is named. The team is guided by local BaAka people through elephant dung, swarms of sweat bees, and unexpected swamps as they explore and record everything they can about the rain forest. Readers learn about the rain forest, from the layers of forest canopy and the lives of the BaAka to practical skills, such as what to do if approached by a gorilla, and how to eat a termite. At the end of the expedition, the team sends back 6,000 pounds of specimens and materials and an incomparable first-hand account of life in the rain forest in order to create a unique walk-through exhibit, complete with sounds and smells.

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Gr. 4^-7. In order to create an exhibit of the rain forest, the American Museum of Natural History sent a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers on a fact-finding expedition to the Dzanga-Sangha rain forest. This delightful, informative account, culled from the research team's working journals, engages readers in a mysterious ancient world, filled with rare plants, animals, and insects, ranging from the creepy-crawly to the truly beautiful. Readers will learn about the challenges of daily life in the rain forest, how its inhabitants have adapted over time, and the dangers that threaten the rain forest's existence. Each page is filled with gorgeous color photos and illustrations, quotes and anecdotes from the participants, and sidebars of scientific facts. Told in lively prose, this real-life adventure introduces readers to scientific research methods and provides a well-rounded learning experience about the rain forest and its inhabitants in a reader-friendly format. --Shelle Rosenfeld



From the preface There was never any question; it had to be a rain forest. Although tropical rain forests cover only 7 percent of the earth's land surface, they are home to half of the known plant and animal species in the world. As the centerpiece of the American Museum of Natural History's new Hall of Biodiversity, no environment could better illustrate the rich variety and interdependence of plant and animal life. Museum scientists and designers envisioned an exhibit that would show the wonders of a rain forest along with the ever-growing threats to its existence. By re-creating a lifelike, life-size section of forest, the Museum would give visitors a sense of what it was like to walk beneath the towering, vine-tangled trees. They would hear the calls of birds and chattering of monkeys. And, thanks to a continuously running film, they'd be able to see many rain forest animals as they moved and traveled through the forest. It would take hundreds of people over 2 years to plan and design the exhibit. It would take 20 scientists, artists, and filmmakers 6 weeks in a tropical rain forest to research and collect the necessary materials. It would take another 18 months to build and mount the exhibit. This is the story of how many people, working together, created a rain forest inside a museum. Excerpted from Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest, Copyright(c) 1998 by Workman Publishing Company, Inc., and the American Museum of Natural History. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Inside the Dzanga Sangha Rain Forest: Exploring the Heart of Central Africa by Francesca Lyman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
About the Authorsp. 8
1 Getting Readyp. 11
2 Getting Therep. 21
3 Welcome to Dzanga-Sanghap. 31
4 A Village of Elephantsp. 47
5 Getting to Workp. 61
6 People of the Rain Forestp. 73
7 Deep Forest Sitep. 83
8 The Great Apesp. 93
9 Life at the Lodgep. 103
10 Last Daysp. 119
11 Building the Exhibitp. 125