When the nature writer Richard Mahler discovers that wild jaguars are prowling a remote corner of his home state of New Mexico, he embarks on a determined quest to see in the flesh a big, beautiful cat that is the stuff of legend—yet verifiably real. Mahler’s passion sets in motion a years-long adventure through trackless deserts, steamy jungles, and malarial swamps, as weWhen the nature writer Richard Mahler discovers that wild jaguars are prowling a remote corner of his home state of New Mexico, he embarks on a determined quest to see in the flesh a big, beautiful cat that is the stuff of legend—yet verifiably real. Mahler’s passion sets in motion a years-long adventure through trackless deserts, steamy jungles, and malarial swamps, as well as a confounding immersion in centuries-old debates over how we should properly regard these powerful predators: as varmints or as icons, trophies or gods? He is drawn from border badlands south to Panama’s rain forest along a route where the fate of nearly all wildlife now rests in human hands. Mahler’s odyssey introduces him to unrepentant poachers, pragmatic ranchers, midnight drug-runners, ardent conservationists, trance-induced shamans, hopeful biologists, stodgy bureaucrats, academic philosophers, macho hunters, and gentle Maya Indians. Along the way, he is forced to reconsider the true meaning of his search—and the enduring symbolism of the jaguar. ...
|Title||:||The Jaguar's Shadow: Searching for a Mythic Cat|
|Number of Pages||:||376 Pages|
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The Jaguar's Shadow: Searching for a Mythic Cat Reviews
Part travelogue, part jaguar compendium, Mahler's book is driven by that most common of field memoir desires - to see something wild. He doesn't succeed, but this is ancillary to his goal of exploring whether we can save the big cat that's transfixed him. The writing is matter-of-fact - like a 300+ page news item - and some of the chapters, such as the one that recounts the history of Jaguar cars, could have been trimmed, but the book is still a worthwhile exploration of what it means to want to save a charismatic species.
An overly lengthy rambling mishmash of jaguar biology, mythology, and conservation mixed with the author's narrative of his journey through Central America in a personal quest to see a wild jaguar. Could've been more tightly organised and succinct, as it gets repetitive towards the last quarter, no doubt a consequence of having to organize and compile tons of notes and data over many years of research into a single book. A waste he did not go to the Pantanal region, which is probably the stronghold of jaguars. Still, his passion for the animal and the difficulties and emotions in the quest are heart stirring at times since I can empathize with those feelings, having done the same albeit on a much more adhoc basis..
This was a really fun read. It's a combination natural history and travel log.