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Synopsis: In 1983, zoologist Alan Rabinowitz ventured into the rain forest of Belize, determined to study the little-known jaguar in its natural habitat and to establish the world's first jaguar preserve. Within two years, he had succeeded. In Jaguar he provides the only first-hand account of a scientist's experience with jaguars in the wild. Originally published in 1986, this edition includes a new preface and epilogue by the author that bring the story up to date with recent events in the region and around the world.
Review: In the early 1980s, working at the behest of the noted biologist George Schaller, Alan Rabinowitz traveled to the newly independent Central American nation of Belize to study jaguars, once extensive throughout the Americas, in a remote, densely forested part of that country. ("If the world had any ends, [Belize] would surely be one of them" Aldous Huxley once wrote.) There, deep within mountainous jungle, Rabinowitz conducted a thorough study of the jaguar's natural history, studying its diet (made up, he writes, of a surprising quantity of armadillos), movements, and territories, and learning the ways of the much-feared cat. He also learned a little something about himself--discovering, he writes, that "once I had overcome my initial fears of this dense, dark green world, I started to enjoy it."
Over his two-year stay, Rabinowitz developed plans to establish a forest sanctuary that would be free of the jaguar's principal enemies--not deadly fer-de-lance snakes or other large predators, but loggers, poachers, and cattle ranchers, all of whom had their reasons for wanting to see jaguars disappear from the region. Although he was successful in convincing the Belizean government to authorize the Cockscomb preserve, Rabinowitz writes in the afterword to this revised edition of Jaguar (first published in 1986), the jaguar haven came at a cost to Mayan people who lived in the area and were forced to relocate. His memoir will be of great interest not only to admirers of the jaguar, a magnificent animal by any measure, but also to students of international ecological issues. --Gregory McNamee
Title: Jaguar One Man's Struggle to Save Jaguars in...
Publisher: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.
Publication Date: 1987
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1987. Book Condition: Good. 1St Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP18043032
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. In VERY GOOD overall condition, with some signs of previous ownership. Daily dispatch from UK warehouse. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000005112
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Book Description William Collins Sons & Co Ltd., London, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st UK Edition. 1st Printing. Black cloth boards. Gilt titles spine. 368pp. 240x160mm. Block of 16pp colour plates. Frontispiece map of Belize. A few small marks boards and head edges. Neatly-named colour bookplate, Ural owl, front pastedown. Pencilled price and date ffep. Contents clean and firm. No incriptions. Pictorial green dust jacket. Shelfwear to glossy surface. Slight creasing front and head edge. Latter lightly foxed. Small indentations and 5mm circular tear near head spine edge, held with repair tape inner surface. Price unclipped. Extra postage might apply outside UK. Bookseller Inventory # 002470
Book Description Collins, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. jacket is rubbed, creased and a bit torn. light foxing and marks. well bound. fairly good copy.[S.K]. Bookseller Inventory # bqup
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Book Description London, Collins, 1987. 368 pages some pictures gr. 8°. Leinen, Originalumschlag (Clothbound, dustjacket). Bookseller Inventory # 32595
Book Description William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020002178273