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Brazil: Amazon and Pantanal (Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides) Paperback – 15 Nov 2001
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A superb guide for ecotravelers visiting Brazil's Pantanal area...Written by two professional biologists in an accessible, informative style, this guide provides the information needed to find, identify, and learn about Brazil's most common insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and fish. Â BOOK NEWS (September 2002)
Brazil: Amazon and Pantanal has all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Brazil's magnificent animal and plant life. The authors, professional biologists, selected illustrations of more than 500 of Brazil's most common insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and fish - the species you are most likely to see. In one easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated book, you will have: identifying and location information on the most frequently seen animals; up-to-date information on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of the animals; information on Brazil's habitats and on the most common plants you will encounter; brief descriptions of the most frequently visited parks and reserves in the Amazon and Pantanal regions.See all Product description
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This is, however and excellent overview biological guide and is well worth getting. It is no more overly academic than a David Attenborough documentary and it doesn't insult its readership, many of whom are already fairly well informed about wildlife. It lacks only information on the better lodges and tour companies. See the Cadogan Amazon Guide (Alex & Gardenia Robinson) for these.
Furthermore you should not expect anything of the 'Brief descriptions of the most frequently visited parks and reserves in the Amazon and Pantanal regions' - 4 pages on the Amazon and half a page on the Pantanal does not even give room to list all the different areas, let alone suggest which might might be the best to visit for wildlife viewing or give species lists and specialities such that a traveller might plan an itinerary round their interests.
All in all a disappointing purchase which fails to serve the purpose of a good field guide for a holiday destination.
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But it's not in a very readable format. Fine print with narrow margins. The Book is heavy and hard to carry as a field guide.