Sunday, June 01, 2008
: . Books on the Philippine Environment
The full text of the companion book/catalog for the exhibit on Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rainforest, held 10 years ago at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, is now available online:
Published to coincide with the centennial of Philippine independence (declared on June 12, 1898), this lavishly illustrated, full-color book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of life found in the Philippine rain forest. This forest is home to one of the greatest concentrations of unique species of terrestrial vertebrates of any place on earth—more than 510 unique species are found here. Unfortunately, nearly half of the mammals and birds are endangered; acre for acre, the Philippines may have the world's most seriously threatened flora and fauna.I wonder how many of those unique species have since gone extinct.
The Field Museum has also made available the full text of Synopsis of the Mammalian Fauna of the Philippine Islands, a volume in the monograph series Fieldiana. Nothing but images of bones unfortunately, and nothing but bones probably remain of many of the creatures the book documents.
Also check out the UK-based NHBS Environment Bookstore, which has, as far as I know, the largest selection of books on Philippine enviromental issues for sale online.