Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tropical Nature

'Tropical Nature, Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America,' is written exactly as the title describes it. All 218 pages are dedicated to these rain forests scientifically and emotionally. The daily experiences recorded within this book details the importance of the rain forests relation to human kind and to the animals residing in them.

To put this into perspective, think of a tree within a rain forest, it can be any tropical tree common to this geographical area. Now think about the kind of leaves that grow off of this tree and give shelter to an insect or even a mammal or reptile/amphibian. This book details the cycle of life very descriptively, in the sense that it allows the reader to both learn the science behind the complexities of Nature and try to involve emotionally, a greater understanding for why these rain forests have to be protected.

The authors do not continually try to sadden their audience with stories of deforestation, they do include a bit of humor. Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata are the authors of, 'Tropical Nature,' and they include in the later section of their book a story about a Biologist friend of theirs. His name is Jerry. He had come back to the United States from Costa Rica without knowing that he was harboring a fugitive on top of his head. This fugitive got into the United States unannounced and was eating and breeding within the layer of skin on Jerry's skull. The name of the creature was called a botfly. Botflies commonly burrow into the flesh of mammals and are notoriously difficult to pull out. Fortunately for Jerry, a little time and patience and he got that little bug problem controlled.

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