- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pangaea; Bilingual edition (March 1997)
- Language: English, Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0963018000
- ISBN-13: 978-0963018007
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Natural Cuba / Cuba natural . . . is a wonderful little bilingual book providing an excellent overview of the natural history of Cuba, a subject little known to those in the United States. The well written and entertaining text covers a wide variety of animals endemic or native to the Island including crocodiles, boas, lizards, frogs, native mammals, birds, marine and terrestrial invertebrates, insects, and reef dwelling fish. Also included is a brief review of the extinct fauna of Cuba and an Appendix linking scientific names to their English and Spanish counterparts. Beautifully illustrated throughout with over 100 exceptional color photographs of animals and habitats. -- SERPENT'S TALE 1998
First of its kind for Cuba, this book is full of eloquent jewels-historical, cultural, literary, and biological. Moreover, the writing is not only authoritative, it is positively felicitous. A joy to read. Anyone interested in knowing and saving wild Cuba should start here. -- Michael E. Soulé, founder, Society for Conservation Biology and author
I am especially pleased by the appearance of Natural Cuba because we have long needed a well illustrated summary of the Cuban fauna. But beyond that, I am delighted that the book will appear in both English and Spanish-breaking the embarrassing tradition of having much of Latin America's natural history described in English. Alfonso Silva Lee is to be congratulated on his pathbreaking accomplishment. -- Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University Population Ecologist and author
I didn't know this, but it's possible to write books about Cuba that do not use the phrases "missile crisis" or "CIA assassination plot." The only crises in naturalist Silva Lee's book Natural Cuba/Cuba natural (Pangaea) are environmental; apparently Cuba used to have an extensive mammal population, which became extinct about the time our special species of mammals appeared. His book is a thorough natural history filled with the wonderful pictures you'd expect in such a tome. Who knew snails could be so beautiful? -- CITYPAGES - Minneapolis/St Paul, Best Bet, December 30, 1997
Naturally, it was much needed--a work that gathered, for posterity, the diverse Cuban flora and fauna, one warning what could be lost in the future, if not preserved in the present. Natural Cuba/Cuba natural, written by Cuban biologist Alfonso Silva Lee, is the latest product of an editorial house based in St. Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to documenting the natural history of the Americas. "What we hope from this book is that it will create an awareness of the island's wonderful natural legacy, and of the fact that it must be protected," said the editor from St. Paul. "This does not mean that Cuba cannot develop, but this has to be done with great care." -- MIAMI HERALD/El Nuevo Herald, December 1, 1996
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Cuba is incredibly rich from a biological point of view, and according to the course outline for training the guides, this book is essential to their understanding.
The text is very well written, and with that sort of endorsement from the curators at the museum, generally very accurate.
Some of the photographs are absolutely stunning.
If you have any interest in Cuba and its wildlife, this book is essential reading.
Robert C. Ross