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Pantanal: South America's Wetland Jewel Hardcover – September 3, 2005

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The Pantanal is "the world's largest contiguous wetland on the planet" and a region of resplendent biodiversity. Crossing the borders of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, this vast, swampy floodplain is home to magnificent wildlife, spectacular plants, and dramatic seasonal transformations. So prized is it as a reservoir for threatened species, much of the wetland is now protected. An informative overview of the Pantanal's natural and human history is provided by scientists with Conservation International (CI), an organization instrumental to the preservation of the region. Although commentary by Mittermeier, president of CI, and his contributors is more suited for research than pleasure reading, the photographs by famed wildlife photographer Allofs are radiant works of art worthy of prolonged contemplation. Patient, reverent, lucky, and gifted, Allofs captures the glory of the landscape in all its jewel-like hues while homing in on the Pantanal jaguar, giant river otter, elegant birds, capybaras, caimans, a giant anteater, and black howler monkeys. In all, this is a superb and memorable introduction to a place of exceptional beauty and ecological significance. Donna Seaman
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Photographer Theo Allofs captures the region's breathtaking beauty and diversity in this book, making every page a discovery, every page a jewel. (Kitchener-Waterloo Record 2005-11-12)

The photography is superb, the subjects and landscapes captured under magical lighting conditions, and printed on a luxurious and durable paper stock. (Joy McDonell Canadian Camera)

The photographs by famed wildlife photographer Allofs are radiant works of art worthy of prolonged contemplation. Patient, reverent, lucky, and gifted, Allofs captures the glory of the landscape in all its jewel-like hues... In all, this is a superb and memorable introduction to a place of exceptional beauty and ecological significance. (Donna Seaman Booklist 2005-10-01)

Reveals the abundant wildlife and beauty of this remarkable eco-system... the efforts by conservationists to protect this magnificent region for future generations. (Photo Life 2005-11-01)

It's difficult to decide on a favorite image in this richly illustrated book. (Wildlife Conservation)

Exceptional images from photographer Theo Allof... stunning photographs of caiman, tropical birds and indigenous people. (Leah Bence Outdoor Photographer)

[Theo Allofs] has earned international acclaim as a nature photographer. This book is graced with a collection of 146 of his lavish images. (Shutterbug)

[Top Science Books of the Year listing] Allofs captures the beauty of this wildlife paradise with his arresting images. (Josie Glausiusz and Brad Lemley Discover)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554070902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554070909
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pantanal - just one word that makes you itch to see for yourself the wonders of this magical wetland in the heart of Brazil! Dozens of caimans lurking in the current, mouths agape; a big jaguar comes stalking through the understory at the shoreline; giant otters appear out of thin air right next to the boat; a tapir crosses the lagoon in marvelous light; a group of hyacinth macaws gathers on a fence of a fazenda, and in the savanna a young giant anteater clings cutely to his mother's fur - wildlife photographers' dreams, subjects everyone exploring the Pantanal with a camera longs for.
Theo Allofs got all these images - thanks to his patience, photographic excellence and his cooperation with Conservation International (CI), opening doors to subjects of some of the most beautiful farms in the area.
Large pictures, great colors and fine printing - impressive, even at a first glance. A closer look reveals that among some 150 pictures there is no weak or even mediocre one! A photographic gourmet-piece and yet, even more: the publisher and the CI writers found an elegant and well balanced way of presenting pictures and heaps of information on such a vast region, its human inhabitants and breathtaking biodiversity. A fine example of a cooperation between nature conservation and nature photography!
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I live in Venezuela and I am planning to go to the Pantanal in Brasil, this book is perfect for anyone interested in doing Ecoturism in Pantanal, it is complete with information on the animals you can see in Pantanal.
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