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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; First Edition edition (26 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801473756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801473753
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By cha72 on 23 Jun. 2015
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Brilliant book, quick delivery.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kettle on 4 Feb. 2011
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An exceptionally interesting part of the world, CR has no standing army, despite being surrounded by bristling military states. It has huge tracts of forest, and a climate that is suitable for a startling array of animal life. The heat and the insects would be enough for me to avoid going there, but I can at least enjoy studying the marvellous life forms that occupy the place. This is a brilliant guide.
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Goes beyond 5 stars! 6 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is handy for those who want to identify Costa Rican mammals, but it is especially appropriate for anyone who wishes to go beyond the simple question of "What's that?" It contains a wealth of natural history information on mammals' feeding, defecating, and sexual behavior. The author also describes ecological interactions and conservation issues. Hundreds of superb illustrations depict portraits of the animals as well as behaviors, food plants, and interesting details such as scats and penis bones. While the book focuses on species within Costa Rica, much of the information applies to mammals in Central America in general. The Natural History of Costa Rican Mammals serves as a fine reference book and a fun-to-read book at the same time.
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Much More Than Meets the Eye 22 May 2004
By sbissell3 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is far more than a review of information about mammals in Costa Rica; it is also a good field guide and a useful text on applied conservation. The author is a professional guide in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and as such is knowledgeable about a wide variety of natural history subjects. This book is primarily a review of the literature about mammals in not only Costa Rica, but elsewhere in Central America. It contains information widely applicable to other counties and the suggestions for conservation apply just as widely.
I have a pretty good library on wildlife in Central and South America and this beautifully done book is probably the best, not only about a specific group, but also about general issues. The drawings are excellent, the overall book is well put together and, the writing is clear, simple, accurate, and really first-rate. Buy this book even if you don't plan on traveling to Costa Rica.
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Fantastic! 12 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A marvellous book, compact enough to be a field guide and yet informative enough to be a valuable reference work at home. As a field guide it is particularly valuable for its superb illustrations and also in showing and discussing things like scats, tracks, dens and sounds for those animals that one would like to see but might not! We'll certainly take it along again on our next trip. As a reference work it is excellent as a clearly and entertainingly written introduction to the natural history and conservation of Costa Rica's many fascinating mammals. It also has a comprehensive list of references to the primary scientific literature.
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An exceptional guide 21 Oct. 2009
By Joel Trick - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a broad range of field guides of regional faunas. This guide ranks extremely high in multiple areas. It has concise, complete information on ecology and natural history, excellent quality plates, and fascinating narratives based upon recent scientific literature.
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Great mammal book 9 Jun. 2009
By Thomas P. Mcfarland - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this book, I have used many Costa Rican field guides extensively, and this is my favorite for mammals. The illustrations are very good, the size is right for the field, and there is a lot of useful information on natural history. The text, while not "dumbed down" in the least is very readable and approachable. The text is also more fun to read than that in most other field guides. Great book and I highly recommend it if you will be in the area.
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