Hidden Worlds of Wildlife Author:National Geographic Society In Namibia's Etosha National Park, writer Chris Eckstrom and photographer Bob Caputo witnessed the array of large African mammals that live in tense balance with the seasons of the Etosha Pan, a vast prehistoric lake bed. Animals wandering out on its parched flats "appear to rise above the horizon and walk through clear air, afloat in a shimmer... more »ing mirage."
To seek out the elusive and often nocturnal reptiles and amphibians of the American tropics, says Tom O'Neill, "I became a denizen of the night myself - pacing starlit beaches in quest of nesting sea turtles, following frongs' calls down dark forest trails, paddling an equatorial river at midnight to observe stealthy black caimans..."
In Canada's Kluane National Park Reserve, Kim Heacox and Stephen Krasemann found grizzlies, Dall sheep, and other north country mammals sharing an immense Yukon wilderness "largely locked in the grip of winter," where the "night wind's howls are ebroken now and then by other howling, that of wolves."
Ron Fisiher and Mike Yamashita traveled to the forests of New Guinea to discover the avian diversity of an island where "the skies and trees are filled with birds" and where tribespeople mimic birds in costume, song, and dance.
An undersea portfolio by photographers David Doubilet and Bill Curtsinger highlights the little-explored environments of coral reefs off New Guinea, a fjord in New Zealand, and waters beneath Antarctic ice - in a book that offers vivid personal views of spectacular wildlife in undercelebrated havens around the world.« less