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Vanishing Treasure of the Philippine Rain Forest Paperback – 17 Sep 1998


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touching call to action 4 Oct. 2012
By Stephen Constantelos - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers that this book is a stunning tribute and call to action on the Philippines rain forests, maybe the hottest of hotspots out there. An update is of course in order, and I intend to find out on my own what's going on with the various species described here amid the stunning photos and helpful maps, showing the near wholesale destruction of what was once perhaps the most impressive and important of rain forests for a single nation.

The book features a variety of species, bookended by a clearly explained look at the Philippines' geological origins, explaining the islands disparate histories and the causes of its diversity, and a case study in deforestation (Negros Island), its causes and effects, and the ensuing rapid spiral down for the people, animals, and plants that live there.

There is hope, and the author subtly takes the world to task with a few barbed comments, like "extinct species, however, are notoriously poor at providing any benefits" (p. 27), making sure to remind us that not only does rainforest destruction hurt people, it also eliminates whole species. This book is well-written and plain speaking, but looking into the eyes of these bats, birds, mammals (not to mention the plants) makes the argument for preservation even more convincingly.

Give this book to an aspiring ecologist or any nature lover or friend of the Philippines or sustainability.

Added bonus, this book was created by Chicago's Field Museum, so I am proud of that!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book on the little-known Philippine rainforests. 21 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people think of rainforests as being in the Amazon. Dr. Heaney and Jack Regalado open the readers eyes to the rich, bio-diverse rainforests of the Philippines. The book's comparisons with other well-known rainforests around the world show that the Philippine rainforests have more species that are endemic to the islands than most other rainforests. You will be amazed at the wealth of wildlife that resides in these rainforests. Gorgeous pictures of seldom seen species abound in this book. There are maps showing that the rate of decimation of the rainforests in the Philippines continues at an alarming rate. This book has definitely convinced me that there are other rainforests that we should be concerned about, and this one is definitely worth saving.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Visually beautiful, concise ecological guide to the Philippines 19 May 2012
By M. Flikweert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The elusive Philippine Eagle on the cover symbolizes the risk to lose unique biodiversity and why this is catastrophic.
Inside the book there is condensed geological, ecological information (and personal stories from the researchers) concerning perhaps the most critical biodiversity hotspot: the Philippines. More than 510 species of mammals, birds, plants, amphibians and reptiles occur nowhere else.
Peculiar zoological specialties are mentioned: a small rodent living in cloud forest only eating the abundant rain worms, Giant bats that flocked in high numbers over pristine lowland rain forest at the beginning of the century.
To sum it up, this book is highly recommended for:
- Concise information
- Beautiful photographs
It gave me an afternoon of pleasure

Highly recommended
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A majestic, amazing look into the Philippine rainforests 18 April 2009
By Randy S. Cabahug - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I first saw the book for sale at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, I knew that the book would be great.So of course, I bought the book. The book features the evolutionary history of Philippine wildlife, of which a good percentage are found nowhere else in the world. A sure must-have for nature lovers, biologists and people proud to be Filipinos.
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