Mexican Wilderness and Wildlife by Ben TinkerMexican Wilderness and Wildlife by Ben Tinker

Mexican Wilderness and Wildlife

byBen TinkerForeword byA. Starker LeopoldIllustratorDoris L. Tischler

Paperback | May 30, 2012

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From the mountainous area bordering Arizona and New Mexico, the western range of the Sierra Madres reaches south into Mexico to the state of Jalisco. The eastern range stretches from the Texas border down to Morelia and the Valley of Mexico. Ben Tinker spent years exploring this rugged wilderness and the vast deserts of Sonora and Baja California. Mexican Wilderness and Wildlife condenses a lifetime of outdoor lore and learning.

Tinker provides detailed life sketches of Mexico's Desert Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Peccary, Grizzly and Black Bears, Wild Turkey, Jaguar, Mountain Lion, Timber Wolf, Coyote, and Bobcat. Each is illustrated by wildlife artist Doris Tischler, and Tinker describes their habitats, habits, reproduction, and peculiarities. Information is supplied on the physical measurements of several species of major wildlife. Tinker's observations are laced with anecdotes about his experiences in Mexico's remote backcountry—encounters with bandits, survival in the desert mountains, and the chance discovery of archaeological ruins.

The book describes the terrain and flora of the four life zones inhabited by major game and predatory animals. The section on desert water is a fascinating account of how animals thrive among cacti, thorn trees, and creosote bush remote from streams and waterholes. There is also a brief discussion of conservation efforts in Mexico, chapters on trout fishing in the Sierra Madre Occidental and Baja California, and a guide to big game habitats. This volume will be valuable to hunters, conservationists, naturalists, and others interested in the wilderness and wildlife of Mexico.

Ben Tinker collected much of the material for this book during the years he roamed northern Mexico as Federal Game Guardian. Though an American, Tinker had long been familiar with Mexican wildlife through his Sonoran ranching operation and was known for his interest in conservation when he was appointed by Alvaro Obregón in 1922.

Ben Tinker was a rancher, wildlife journalist, hunter, and fly fisherman. He served as consultant for Time-Life Books for their The Sierra Madres.
Title:Mexican Wilderness and WildlifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 30, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292741936

ISBN - 13:9780292741935

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • 1. Past Records
  • 2. First Protection of Vanishing Wildlife
  • 3. Big Game and Major Predatory Animals
  • 4. Life Zones
  • 5. Natural Game Foods
  • 6. Life Sketches of Major Big Game Animals and Wild Turkeys
    • Desert Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis
    • Pronghorn Antelope, Antilocapra americana
    • Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus
    • Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus
    • Collared Peccary, Dicotyles tajacu
    • Bear: Grizzly, Ursus arctos; Black, Ursus americanus
    • Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
  • 7. Life Sketches of Major Predatory Animals
    • Jaguar, Felis onca
    • Mountain Lion, Felis concolor
    • Timber Wolf, Canis lupus
    • Coyote, Canis latrans
    • Bobcat, Lynx rufus
  • 8. Desert Water
  • 9. Trout Fishing
    • Sierra Madre Occidental
    • Baja California
  • 10. Antiguas
  • 11. Ammonites
  • 12. Guide to Big Game Habitats and Wilderness

Editorial Reviews

"I suspect that Ben Tinker knows more about the wildlife of Mexico than any other living man and this certainly comes across in his book." - Madison Grant, former president of the New York Zoological Society