de la Rosa, Carlos L. and Claudia C. Nocke. A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America. 2000 (2010). University of Texas Press. Paperback: 245 pages. Price: $30.00 U.S.
SUMMARY: This book that was one of the first field guides dedicated to the carnivores of Central America has just been reprinted. 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.
RECOMMENDATION: A good introduction on the subject.
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