A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America: Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation by Carlos L. de la RosaA Guide to the Carnivores of Central America: Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation by Carlos L. de la Rosa

A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America: Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation

byCarlos L. de la Rosa, Claudia C. Nocke

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Carnivores such as pumas, jaguars, and ocelots have roamed the neotropical forests of Central America for millennia. Enshrined in the myths of the ancient Maya, they still inspire awe in the region's current inhabitants, as well as in the ecotourists and researchers who come to experience Central America's diverse and increasingly endangered natural environment.

This book is one of the first field guides dedicated to the carnivores of Central America. It describes the four indigenous families—wild cats, raccoons and their relatives, skunks and their relatives, and wild canids—and their individual species that live in the region. The authors introduce each species by recounting a first-person encounter with it, followed by concise explanations of its taxonomy, scientific name, English and Spanish common names, habitat, natural history, and conservation status. Range maps show the animal's past and current distribution, while Claudia Nocke's black-and-white drawings portray it visually.

The concluding chapter looks to the carnivores' future, including threats posed by habitat destruction and other human activities, and describes some current conservation programs. Designed for citizens of and visitors to Central America, as well as specialists, this book offers an excellent introduction to a group of fascinating, threatened, and still imperfectly understood animals.

Title:A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America: Natural History, Ecology, and ConservationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.63 inPublisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292716052

ISBN - 13:9780292716056

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • The Order Carnivora in Central America
  • Family Felidae: The Wild Cats
  • Family Procyonidae: Coatis, Raccoons, and Relatives
  • Family Mustelidae: Skunks, Grisons, Weasels, Otters, and Others
  • Family Canidae: Dogs, Coyotes, and Foxes
  • The Future of Central American Carnivores: Conservation Issues
  • A Few Final Words
  • Glossary
  • Literature Cited
  • Index

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Getting familiar with the carnivores of Central America would be a wonderful task – if you could do it without being stalked and eaten. Now you can experience the thrills with a sense of relief – A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America offers you a safe way to study. The guide describes the habitat, conservation status, natural history and scientific, English and Spanish names for the animals. Each species entry also includes a first-person description of an encounter with the animal.