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Jaguar: One Man's Struggle To Establish The World's First Jaguar Preserve Paperback – February 2, 2000
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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
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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Written like a book of fiction, "Jaguar" reads smoothly, capturing your attention and curiosity with its first-person portrayal of life in an alien world: the jungles of Belize. It is peopled with the Maya, a culture rich in history yet suffering poverty, disease, and insignificance in modern times. And in this world exists the jaguar, a powerful cat who is rarely seen and is not a man-eater, yet is hunted almost to extinction for its exquisite spotted fur and because, quite simply, people fear it.
I read "Jaguar" in about 2 days, and fell completely in love with its spirit. The author, a young scientist, struggled hard to successfully understand the lives of these cats within its world and to keep it alive, often to his own personal tragedies. His description of the jungle is unromantic and riveting, as are the terrible hardships that go with it. I will never forget all the diseases, snakes, and parasites than run amok in this story, practically characters of their own. One lesson I came back with is how thankful I am to live in a country with exceptional sanitation and medical care.
"Jaguar" is haunting. You can't finish it without wishing to enter that dark, dangerous jungle of the majestic jaguar. It draws out the adventurer in you. It stirs your compassion.
I reccomend this book, and then i reccomend traveling to Cockscomb Basin in Belize to fully appreciate the conservation effort. Even if you can't get there, you will feel like you have been there after reading this book.
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This book had me enthralled. The story itself is interesting and without saying anything related to the story i have to say it is scintillating. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jonner
A most interesting account of Alans struggle and commitment to saving the Jaguar. This could be replicated for almost every wild species that need our help. Read morePublished 22 months ago by harborview
Spellbinding adventure! Highly recommended for those who are passionate about wildlife conservation. We love this book and recommend it to all our friends.Published 24 months ago by VisionQuestress
I picked this as a "Common Reading Program" book for a college whose mascot is "The Jaguar," but they haven't selected it yet.... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by KatrinMarx
Very interesting book about one mans effort to save jaguars in a 3rd world environment. A great read for a true story.Published on April 24, 2013 by Rezboy
This was an incredibly intriguing story. Rabinowitz blends his own narrative with scientific information about jaguars. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by R. Maag
I got this for my husband, who is not big on reading. He has been engrossed in it ever since.Published on March 8, 2013 by southingtonian