Wild Caribbean


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The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands

Michael Bright, with Karen Bass and Scott Alexander

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A guided voyage to the Caribbean’s spectacular wild places, where exotic creatures dwell and fabulous flora thrive

In our minds the Caribbean is the embodiment of Paradise. We need only close our eyes to see clearly the sparkling turquoise waters, white beaches, and lush tropical forests. Yet hidden just beyond this familiar scene is another world—the wild Caribbean, where attentive travelers may encounter butterflies with see-through wings or colorful bird colonies, prehistoric iguanas or silver waterfalls, smoking volcanoes or secret orchids in the forest.

This book is a gorgeously illustrated exploration and celebration of the wildlife and wild places of the Caribbean. It encompasses all the principal islands as well as the mainland areas bordering the Sea, and its Gazetteer is crammed with useful tips to help travelers choose locations to visit and the best time of year to do so. The book introduces diverse natural habitats—reefs; white, pink, and black sand beaches; underground caverns; mangroves; salt ponds; desert islands, bubbling sulfur springs; and more—and offers rare insights into the amazingly varied animals and plants of the wild Caribbean. Combining practical travel information with fascinating scientific facts, Wild Caribbean reveals a natural world more magical than we could have imagined. Active travelers and armchair tourists alike will find the volume irresistible.

Co-published with BBC Books, an imprint of Edbury Publishing

Michael Bright is a senior producer, Karen Bass is a series producer, and Scott Alexander is a producer, all with the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol, UK. Bright is the author of more than 75 books, including Andes to Amazon, Animal Language, 1001 Natural Wonders, and The Wildlife Year.

“This concise, readable natural history of our nearest island neighbors will provide exciting reading for travelers as well as armchair naturalists.”—Margaret D. Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and co-author of It’s a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops


“This book is a reference, a tour guide, and an informative overview of the wildlife on all the Caribbean Islands, not just a select few.”—Noble Proctor

"Prolific nature writer Bright has done it again with a beautiful photograph-laden book displaying the natural highlights of the Caribbean. . . . Surveying each of the islands, he eloquently describes their awe-inspiring beauty and unique wildlife. . . . Highly recommended for all public library natural history and travel collections."—Library Journal

"This is a well-written, idyllic, armchair voyage of exploration of the biological diversity of the islands of the Caribbean Sea."—John C. Ogden, The Quarterly Review of Biology

Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.
ISBN: 9780300125498
Publication Date: September 28, 2007
Publishing Partner: Co-published with BBC Books, an imprint of Edbury Publishing
224 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4
116 color illus.

Sales Restrictions: For sale in North America only