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Latin America

(Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean region)
Amend, Stephan and Thora (eds.). 1992.  Espacios sin habitantes? Parques nacionales de America del sur. Nueva Sociedad, Caracas/IUCN, 498 pages.
Andrews, Michael. 1982. The Flight of the Condor. A Wildlife Exploration of the Andes. Little, Brown & Co., Boston, MA, 158 pages. (Companion to PBS television series.)
Banks, Vic. 1991. The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten Wilderness. Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA, 254 pages.
Bates, Henry Walter (ed.). 1989. The Naturalist on the River Amazons. Penguin Books, New York, paper, 383 pages (reprint of 1863 publication).
Bates, Marston. 1964. The Land and Wildlife of South America. Life Nature Library, Time, Inc., New York.
Beissinger, Steven R. and Noel F. R. Snyder (eds.). 1991. New World Parrots in Crisis. Solutions from Conservation Biology. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 288 pages.
Belt, Thomas. 1985. The Naturalist in Nicaragua. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 403 pages (reprint of 1874 publication).
Bernard, Hans-Ulrich (ed.). 1993. Amazon Wildlife. Insight Guides.  Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA, 403 pages.
Buckley, P. A., et al. (eds.). 1985. Neotropical Ornithology. Ornithological Monographs, No. 36, American Ornithologists Union, Washington, DC.
Buechner, H.K. and J.H. Buechner (eds.). 1970. A Symposium of the Smithsonian Institution on the Avifauna of Northern Latin America. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, No. 26, Washington, DC.
Cockburn, A. and S.B. Hecht. 1989. The Fate of the Forest: Developers, Destroyers, and Defenders of the Amazon. Verso, London, UK.
Collar, N.J., L.P. Gonzaga, N. Krabbe, A. Madrono Nieto, L.G. Narango, T.A. Parker III and D.C. Wege. 1993. Threatened Birds of the Americas. The ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1,150 pages.
Cowell, Adrian. 1990. The Decade of Destruction. The Crusade to Save the Amazon Rain Forest. Henry Holt & Co., New York, 217 pages.
Crother, Brian I. (ed.). 1999. Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles. Academic Press, New York.
Darwin, Charles. The Voyage of the Beagle. 1962 edition. Doubleday Anchor Book. Ed. by Leonard Engel. The Natural History Library, New York. (Many other editions available.)
Dorst, Jean. 1967. South America and Central America. A Natural History.  Random House, New York.
Dubs, B. 1992. Birds of Southwestern Brazil. Betrona-Verlag, Switzerland, 164 pages.
Eisenberg, John F. 1989. Mammals of the Neotropics, Vol. 1, The Northern Neotropics: Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
Eisenberg, John F. 1999. Mammals of the Neotropics, Vol. 3, The Central Neotropics: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 644 pages.
Emmons, Louise H. 1997. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals. A Field Guide. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. Illus. by Francois Feer. 2nd edition, 307 pages.  (Covers Central and South American mammals at elevations below 1,000 meters only; includes newly discovered species and a conservation section.)
Forsyth, Adrian and Ken Miyata. 1984. Tropical Nature.  Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 248 pages.
Goulding, M. 1980. The Fishes and The Forest: Explorations in Amazonian Natural History. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 280 pages.
Goulding, Michael. 1990. Amazon. The Flooded Forest. Sterling Pub. Co., New York, 208 pages.
Hagen, J.M. III and D.W. Johnston (eds.). 1992. Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Migrant Landbirds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.
Harcourt, Caroline S. and Jeffrey A. Sayer (eds.). 1996. The Conservation Atlas of Tropical Forests. The Americas. Simon & Schuster, New York, 335 pages.
Hemming, J. 1989. Amazon Frontier. The Defeat of the Brazilian Indians. Macmillan Pub. Co., New York.
Janzen, David H. (ed.). 1983. Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 816 pages.
Kelly, Brian and Mark London. 1983. Amazon. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich Pub., New York, 382 pages.
Kricher, John C. 1989. A Neotropical Companion. An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 436 pages.
Leigh, E.G., Jr., A.S. Rand and D.W. Windsor (eds.). 1996. The Ecology of a Tropical Forest. Seasonal Rhythms and Long-term Changes. 2nd edition. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 480 pages.
Lovejoy, T E., et al. 1984. Ecosystem decay in Amazon forest fragments. In:  Extinctions. Ed. by M.H. Niteck. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
Matthews, Downs. 1999. Photographs by Kevin Schafer. Beneath the Canopy. Wildlife of the Latin American Rain Forest. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, 143 pages.
Matthiessen, Peter. 1987. The Cloud Forest. A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness. Penguin Travel Library, New York, 280 pages.
McClung, R.M. 1981. Vanishing Wildlife of Latin America. William Morrow, New York, 160 pages.
Melville, Elinor G.K. 1994. A Plague of Sheep: Environmental Consequences of the Conquest of Mexico. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Moser, Don. 1975. Central American Jungles. Time-Life Books, New York.
Padua, M.T.J. and A.F.C. Filho. Os Parques Nacionais do Brasil. Instituto de Cooperacao Iberoamerica. (National parks of Brazil, in Portuguese.)
Penny, N.D. and J.R. Arias. 1982. Insects of an Amazon Forest. Columbia University Press, New York.
Peters, Charles M., A.H. Gentry, and R. Mendelsohn. 1989. Valuation of a tropical forest in Peruvian Amazonia. Nature, Vol. 339, pages 655-656. (Economic value of non-timber products and ecosystems vs. timber value.)
Prance, Ghillean T. and Thomas E. Lovejoy (eds.). 1985. Key Environments. Amazonia. Pergamon Press, New York, in collaboration with IUCN, 442 pages.
Primack, Richard B., David Bray, Hugo A. Galletti and Ismael Ponciano. 1997. Timber, Tourists, and Temples. Conservation and Development in the Maya Forest of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. Island Press, Washington, DC, 420 pages.
Raffaele, Herbert, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Alan Keith and Janis Raffaele. 1998. A Guide to the Birds of the West Indies. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 551 pages.
Rappole, John H. 1995. The Ecology of Migrant Birds. A Neotropical Perspective. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 269 pages.
Reddish, Paul. 1996. Spirits of the Jaguar. The Natural History and Ancient Civilizations of the Caribbean and Central America. BBC Books. 224 pages. (Companion to PBS television series.)
Redford, Kent H. and Jane A. Mansour. 1996. Traditional Peoples and Biodiversity Conservation in Large Tropical Landscapes. America Verde Publications, 278 pages. (Case studies by The Nature Conservancy in Latin America.)
Redford, Kent H. and John F. Eisenberg. Mammals of the Neotropics: The Southern Cone. Vol. 2: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 430 pages.
Revkin, Andrew. 1990. The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA, 317 pages.
Ridgely, Robert S. and Guy Tudor. 1989, 1994. The Birds of South America. Vols. I and II. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX.
Rizzini, Carlos Toledo, Adelman F. Coimbra, Filho and Antonio Houaiss. 1988.  Brazilian Ecosystems. Index editoria, Brazil, 200 pages. (In English and Portuguese.)
Robinson, John G. and Kent H. Redford (eds.). 1991. Neotropical Wildlife Use and Conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 520 pages.
Roca, Roberto, Leslie Adkins, M. Christina Wurschy and Kevin L. Skerl. 1996. Wings from Afar. An Ecoregional Approach to Conservation of Neotropical Birds in South America. America Verde Publications, 180 pages.
Shane, D. R. 1986. Hoofprints on the Forest: Cattle Ranching and the Destruction of Latin America's Tropical Forests. Philadelphia Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 159 pages.
Sick, Helmut. 1993. Birds in Brazil. A Natural History. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 704 pages.
Simon, Joel. 1997. Endangered Mexico. An Environment on the Edge. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA, 275 pages.
Simonian, Lane. 1995. Defending the Land of the Jaguar: A History of Conservation in Mexico. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX.
Skutch, Alexander. 1977.  A Bird Watcher's Adventures in Tropical America. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX.
Skutch, Alexander. 1983. Nature Through Tropical Windows. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 374 pages.
Skutch, Alexander. 1983. Birds of Tropical America. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, 305 pages.
Smith, A. 1990. Explorers of the Amazon. Viking Press, London, UK.
Smith, N.J.H. 1982. Rainforest Corridors: The Transamazon Colonization Scheme. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
Smith, Nigel. 1998. The Amazon River Forest. A Natural History of Plants, Animals, and People. Oxford University Press, New York, 256 pages.
Snow, David W. 1976. The Web of Adaptation. Bird Studies in the American Tropics. Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., New York.
Snyder, Noel F.R., James W. Wiley and Cameron B. Kepler. 1987. The Parrots of Luquillo: Natural History and Conservation of the Puerto Rican Parrot. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 394 pages.
Stiles, F. Gary and Alexander F. Skutch. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. Comstock Pub. Assoc., A Div. of Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 551 pages. (With 50 pages on the environment, habitats and wildlife conservation in Costa Rica.)
Stone, Roger D. 1985. Dreams of Amazonia. Penguin Travel Library, New York, 193 pages.
Sutton, George Miksch. 1972. At a Bend in a Mexican River. Paul S. Eriksson, Pub., New York, 184 pages.
Terborgh, John. 1999. Requiem for Nature. Island Press, Shearwater Books, Washington, DC, 234 pages. (Examines Manu National Park, Peru, and other parks as examples of the failure of present land protection programs in preserving biodiversity.)
Trupp, F. 1983. Amazonas. Verlag, Schroll, Wien.
Wallace, David Rains. 1992. The Quetzal and the Macaw. The Story of Costa Rica's National Parks. A Sierra Club Book, San Francisco, CA, 222 pages.
Wallace, David Rains. 1997. The Monkey's Bridge. Mysteries of Evolution in Central America. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA, 277 pages.
Wauer, Roland H. 1992. A Naturalist's Mexico. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX, 304 pages.
Wesche, Rolf and Andy Drumm. 1999. Defending Our Rainforest. A Guide to Community Based Ecotourism in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Accion Amazonia. 215 pages. (Available from Island Press 800-828-1302.)
Wilson, Don E. and Abelardo Sandoval (eds.). 1997. Manu. The Biodiversity of Southeastern Peru. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 679 pages.

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