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Traveller's Wildlife Guide to Thailand: A Traveller's Wildlife Guide [Paperback]

David Pearson
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14 Jun 2004 Wildlife Guide
Thailand holds a special place in the minds of the world’s nature-lovers as a paradise of splendid tropical forests, untrammelled ocean beaches, and spectacular underwater coral grottos. This book provides all the information a visitor would need to find, identify, and learn about Thailand’s magnificent animal and plant life.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Books (14 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190521460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905214600
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pearson and Beletsky have written an extremely readable and informative volume dealing with Thailand...This guide will be useful to all nature lovers traveling to Thailand. Highly recommended. --Choice

... provides a valuable stepping stone for exploring Thailand's diversity. --Kirkus Reviews

...admirable series of well-written and attractively illustrated guides 'aimed at environmentally conscious travellers'... Thailand follows the established layout in having chapters on ecotourism, geography and habitats, parks and reserves, and how to use the book (explaining ecology and natural history). A separate chapter is then devoted to each of the animal groups, terrestrial and aquatic, surveyed. That on birds is about 60 pages long and ends, as do several others, with an 'Environmental close-up,' in this case a discussion of frugivory. Of the 970 bird species recorded in Thailand, 186 are illustrated here (by David Nurney) and the brief texts opposite comprise ID, Habitat (including symbols) and Region. --IBIS, British Ornithologists UnionAnything but typical, Thailand (Traveller's Wildlife Guide) is the most comprehensive 'all-in-one' natural history manual available for Thailand. Other books focus on individual taxa like birds, mammals, reptiles or orchids, still others on specific locations like national parks or beaches. Traveller's Wildlife Guide is different. Realizing that most of us have no room in our backpacks for a whole library, Pearson and Beletsky have written with great care, synthesizing and distilling Thailand in a manageable and useful field guide. They have taken a broad brush to the country's fauna, flora, ecosystems, and protected areas. The result is a work useful for both the casual traveler and the seasoned naturalist. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Thailand's natural history. --Bill Schaedla, Country Director of WWF Thailand Office & Honorary Editor, Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society

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David L. Pearson is a research professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He is co-author of The New Key to Ecuador and the Galapagos and of Ecuador in this series.

Les Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and former university zoology teacher. Prior to taking up writing wildlife guides, he conducted many years of field research into the ecology and behavior of birds. He is the author of numerous books, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru in this series.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filling a gap 29 Jan 2010
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This volume, in the Traveller's Wildlife Guides series, successfully fills a gap in available literature on Thailand. Too heavy to be a pocket book, it conversely constitutes a midget encyclopaedia and ideal inflight or sunbed reading. I like the style; the authors start off with Ecotourism instead of slipping in a list of nature reserves at the very end, as though as an after-thought. To test the usefulness of this volume for identification purposes (although no biologist expects every species from so large an area to be packed into a popular guide of this kind), I looked up toads - and there it was, the mustard yellow male river toad (Rana macrotis) I had photographed in my wife's inlaws' kitchen ten days earlier in Eastern Thailand! Being a bit of a butterfly buff, I cast my eyes over the flutterby illustrations, noting that the book's authors used the same common names as I would if submitting a photo to a magazine (most biologists use the scientific names). There's a whole lot I have yet to read but all in all, I love this book and will take it with me along with my DSLR equipment on my frequent visits to Thailand. Just one very minor criticism - a few of the illustrations (including those of the toads!) have not printed out as clearly as one might have liked; doubtless that drawback will be rectified in future editions. By and large the book is a great buy at its price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Guide 9 Mar 2010
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Very useful book as I went to Thailand, saw unusual beasties and wondered what they were. Going back again so now I'll be on the look out for unusual species. One criticism is the constant reference to ecotravellers and a wasted chapter on defining ecotourism. People who travel there for the sun, sand and beer can be just as interested in the wildlife as the dedicated ecotourist. If you ignore the goody two shoes stuff, there is also a lot of humour in the book which makes it easy to read - "a long contractual agreement between certain individual ducks and the Walt Disney Company". Even with my criticisms I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a must for naturalist travellers 9 Feb 2014
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good concise guide to know what areas to cover and what can be found there.!
concise and to the point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars present 9 Sep 2013
By dezdez9
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This ws a present for a bloke I know who's emigrating. I had a flick through and it seems good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars books 9 April 2013
By adraya
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Very knowledgable contents, lovely pictures and informative as well. This is just a small part of my library of books
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