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Rainforest Bibliography for Adult Readers

Caulfield, Catherine. In the Rainforest. 1984 (an overview of problems besetting RF worldwide)

Dwyer, Augusta. Into the Amazon: The Struggle for the Rainforest. (indictment of the cycle of violence that has turned Chico Mendez into a martyr and of the development-minded government he opposed)

Emmons, Louise. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide. (field guide to Central and South American forest mammals)

Forsyth, Adrian and Miyata, Ken. Tropical Nature. (classic naturalists' essays on tropical diversity)

Galdikas, Birute. Reflections of Eden: My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo. (Birute's years with the orangutans of Borneo)

Head and Heinzman. Lessons of the Rainforest. Sierra Club books. (collection of essays about different aspects of RF issues including agroforestry, economics, biodiversity and indigenous peoples)

Goodall, Jane. In the Shadow of Man. (incredible account of Jane's lengthy study of chimpanzees at Gombe Stream, Tanzania)

Horowich, Robert. A Belizean Rain Forest: The Community Baboon Sanctuary. (the Community Baboon Sanctuary and guidebook introducing the complexities of a tropical rainforest in Belize)

Kane, Joe. Savages. (firsthand account of the Huaorani people of the Amazon and their battle against missionaries, oil and starry-eyed environmentalists)

Katz, Daniel and Miles Chapin. Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader. (anthology of compelling, powerful and hilarious stories of fiction and nonfiction about RF)

Kricher, John. A Neotropical Companion. (an excellent natural history guide including geology, climate, plant, bird, mammal, and insect life)

LeBreton, Binka. Voices from the Amazon. (illuminates the urgent human and environmental issues that threaten tropical rainforests and the planet)

McClaren, Deborah. RethinkingTourism and Ecotravel:The Paving of Paradise and What You Can Do To Stop It.

Meunier, Jacques. The Amazonian Chronicles. (a plea to end the genocide of Amazonian people that continues today)

Mowat, Farley. Woman in the Mists. (Dian Fossey's struggle to save mountain gorillas in central Africa's Virunga Mountains)

Myers, Norman. The Primary Source: Tropical Forests and Our Future.

Myers, Norman. Rainforests

Perry, Donald. Life Above the Jungle Floor. (canopy botanist's explorations into an amazing realm of Costa Rican rain forest)

Plotkin, Mark. Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice. (ethno-botanist account of the search for medicinal plants in the north of South America)

Quammen, David. Song of the Dodo. (Island Bio-geography in an age of extinction)

Rabinowitz, Alan. Jaguar: One Man's Struggle to Establish the World's First Jaguar Preserve. (resulting in the creation of the Jaguar Sanctuary set aside as safe haven in Belize)

Revkin, Andrew. The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest.

Rosenblat, Naomi. Rainforest for Beginners. (quick look, easy read introduction)

Royte, Elizabeth. The Tapir's Morning Bath: Mysteries of the tropical rainforest and the scientists who are trying to solve them (on Barro Colorado Island, Panama)

Stiles, Skutch and Gardner. A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. (500 pages, wonderful, comprehensive guide that won't fit in your pocket)

Teitel, Martin. Rain Forest in Your Kitchen. (the hidden connection between extinction and your supermarket)

Tidwell, Mike. Amazon Stranger: Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil. (how a missionary's son became chief of an Amazon tribe and helped them battle big oil exploitation in their homeland)

Vandermeer, John. Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth About Rain Forest Destruction. (the conflict of ecology versus economics has become the conflict of how natural resources are to be conserved and by whom and for whom)

Wilson, E.O. The Diversity of Life. (beefy but readable explanation of "biodiversity" by the father of the term)