Living on the Edge by Jeff Corwin
Amazing Relationships in the Natural World

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"Get rid of it, for gosh sakes! Get rid of it!" my aunt barked when she spied the garter snake latched onto my six-year-old arm. I then responded with, "No!" That's when everyone went silent until my aunt spoke out once again, "What do you mean 'no'? Why not?"
As the tears continued to stream down my face, I answered back through an exaggerated and convulsing huff, "Because I love it!"

It was then that Jeff Corwin was hooked. Whether it's serpents, lizards, crocs, or frogs, or any number of furry creatures, Jeff has spent decades learning-- and educating-- about the world's most diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Travel with him now through Arizona, Africa, Costa Rica, and Venezuela to encounter those who are familiar-- coyotes, elephants, anteaters, and crocodiles-- and meet those who aren't-- the vinegaroon, which keeps out of harm's way by gagging and repelling potential predators with caustic fumes; painted dogs, which allow only one monogamous pair within the clan to breed; the omnivorous kinkajou, which helps propagate the enormous strangler fig tree; and capybaras, the world's largest rodents, who happen to be excellent swimmers.

Bear witness to the codependency of all these creatures on either the plants that surround them or each other, and look behind the scenes to see Jeff's coming of age in the world of biodiversity. Some of the fabulous creatures in these pages are in danger of becoming extinct, while all carry a vital role in maintaining these ecosystems. Without the interplay of predator, prey, and symbiotic communalism, the world as we know it would be a vastly different place.

About Jeff Corwin

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Explorer, naturalist, and wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin is the executive producer and host of the popular Animal Planet television series The Jeff Corwin Experience, currently in its fourth year, and host of the forthcoming shows King of the Jungle and Jeff Corwin Unleashed. Jeff firmly believes that it is through education and awareness that the natural resources, wildlife, and ecosystems that make up our planet will be conserved for future generations. Jeff earned two bachelor of science degrees, in biology and anthropology, from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and a masters of science in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; in 1999 he was honored with a doctorate in public education from Bridgewater State for his lifelong work in communicating to the public the need for a sustainable approach to using natural resources and the importance of conserving endangered species. Jeff is also the founder of the interactive EcoZone Wetlands Museum in Norwell, Massachusetts. When he's not in the field he resides on a small island off the coast of New England with his wife, Natasha, and baby daughter, Maya Rose.
Published November 8, 2003 by Rodale Books. 308 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Science & Math, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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