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Rainforests: A Guide to Research and Tourist Facilities at Selected Tropical Forest Sites in Central and South America.

If you want a serious visit to a rainforest, as a researcher or tourist, this is the only book that tells you whom to call, how much it costs, how comfortable you might be, and what you can learn. Many more facilities exist than this book describes, but Castner has thrown his net wide, and his selection is excellent. He covers Peru, Ecuador, French Guiana, Venezuela, Trinidad, Costa Rica, and Panama. Brazil, Guatemala, and southern Mexico are left out because the author prefers to rely on his personal experience. His descriptions of places I too have visited or know about are on target.

Castner is an entomologist, but he is also a clear writer and good organizer. The book includes sections on sources of funds for research, travel agencies, specialized vocabulary, a list of tropical biologists, and a list of selected U.S. zoos and botanical gardens with tropical programs.
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Publication:American Forests
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Date:Nov 1, 1990
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