NATURE OF THE RAINFOREST
Costa Rica and Beyond
by Adrian Forsyth
Photographs by Michael and Patricia Fogden
Foreword by E.O. Wilson
2008, 200 pages, 191 color photos. This book contains a breathtaking tour of an environment that is the pinnacle of biodiversity and evolutionary sophistication by an award-winning author and two photographers who love the rainforest, understand its intricacies, and have spent considerable time there documenting its wildlife and complexity.
The luminous photographs capture stunning and rare creatures in action, including the now- extinct golden toad mating, a jaguar on the prowl, and the hermit hummingbird feeding. The behaviors and characteristics of the rainforest inhabitants featured here not only illustrate the text but also advance the scientific narrative and exemplify the critical importance of conservation. Thematic chapters are interspersed with four chapters devoted to specific habitats and regions of Costa Rica and Peru, areas with some of the most diverse arrays of plant and animal species in the world. The result is an exuberant celebration of the rainforest in text and images. Softcover; 8-1/2 x 10-1/2″.
Adrian Forsyth is an internationally renowned biologist, nature writer, and conservationist. He draws on four decades of personal encounters with the animals of the rainforest including poison-dart frogs, three-toed sloths, bushmasters, and umbrellabirds as a starting point to communicate key ecological topics such as biodiversity, coevolution, rarity, chemical defense, nutrient cycling, and camouflage.
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