From Publishers Weekly
Corwin, host of numerous television specials about wildlife, offers commentary on some of his favorite regions and animal inhabitants. He begins with his last bachelor's outing, spending several weeks in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, before his wedding. Corwin planned poorly and didn't think he would need equipment or supplies in this domestic wilderness. However, after one night of nearly freezing to death, he sought shelter in his car and then went to buy a tent. After this inauspicious start, Corwin spent nearly two weeks searching for snakes and reptiles, with only limited success. In his words, "There would be no Gila monsters flowing from their subterranean dens, and the eerie rasping shudder of a rattlesnake's rattle kept silent wherever I searched. Tortoises never ventured from their lairs into the light for me, and tricolor king snakes remained shadowed beyond my reach." Corwin's adventures in other parts of the world, like Tanzania, Costa Rica and Venezuela, are much livelier and more rewarding. Corwin enthusiastically describes the animals, the land and his concerns about protecting natural habitats in various countries. His passion for the wildlife he's studying is so strong that even readers not particularly fond of crocodiles, snakes and other scary creatures will find Corwin's writing captivating. He discusses the sloth-"At just under three feet in body length, and a total weight of around 10 pounds, the three-toed sloth is not very large, but if you're looking for the cutest mammal living in the Neotropics, this guy comes in a close second to the silky anteater." People familiar with Corwin's television specials will savor this book, and other armchair travelers will also find it an enjoyable voyage into exotic locales.
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"A fun and educational visit to some of the world's most intriguing ecosystems with Jeff Corwin as the guide. Whether you are an armchair naturalist or a field biologist, you'll enjoy reading this book!"--Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., President, Amazon Conservation Team
"Jeff Corwin's delightful book about his animal adventures around the globe is an easy and enjoyable read, in the grand tradition of Gerald Durrell. It also establishes him as not just one of today's most popular nature program hosts but also as a serious wildlife biologist and a committed conservationist. Indeed, this book succeeds in capturing both the wonder of nature and the urgent need to conserve it-- and is indicative of Jeff's increasingly important role as a biodiversity crusader."--Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D., President, Conservation International
"One minute Jeff's telling you a story and you're riveted and laughing, and then suddenly you realize that this story is about the mating habits of frogs or the exoskeletal makeup of ants, and then you realize that learning about nature shouldn't be this fun. That's Jeff's genius."--Josh Dean, Deputy Editor, Men's Journal