In the early 1980s, working at the behest of the noted biologist George Schaller, Alan Rabinowitz traveled to the newly independent Central American nation of Belize to study jaguars, once extensive throughout the Americas, in a remote, densely forested part of that country. ("If the world had any ends, [Belize] would surely be one of them" Aldous Huxley once wrote.) There, deep within mountainous jungle, Rabinowitz conducted a thorough study of the jaguar's natural history, studying its diet (made up, he writes, of a surprising quantity of armadillos), movements, and territories, and learning the ways of the much-feared cat. He also learned a little something about himself--discovering, he writes, that "once I had overcome my initial fears of this dense, dark green world, I started to enjoy it."
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
Rabinowitz, a zoologist, describes two years of triumph and tragedy in the rain forests of Belize, where he lived among Mayan Indians while researching the jaguar population; he was instrumental in having the Cockscomb Basin there declared a National Forest Reserve. Photos. (Nov.)no PW
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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 14 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 17 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 18 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