By Marty Essen

  • Six-time award-winning book!
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune top-10 "green" book!

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Cool Creatures, scorching Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long experience to a few of the wildest locations on all seven continents.

The American couple begun crisscrossing the globe with the straightforward purpose of looking for infrequent and fascinating natural world. whilst their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the further aspect made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences--from a laugh to lifestyles threatening--changed their lives forever.

This isn't really your typical travelogue. Marty Essen has written a e-book that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that all of us proportion a small planet. 
Locations visited contain: Belize, Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).

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The lighting contained in the station have been off, and not anyone was once round. I grew to become to Deb and smiled. “Oops! ” She smiled again. “It’s nonetheless early. I don’t see an indication at the door, yet they most likely open at 9. What do you wanna do? ” “Well, we will be able to loiter around right here, force to Ross River and wish we now have adequate fuel — ” i began. “ — or we will attempt to locate the Fannin sheep,” Deb entire. “I vote for the sheep. but when we force out to work out them, we blow any probability of achieving Ross River later. ” “I vote for the sheep too. ” “Annie, Kate, what’s your vote? ” i peeked on the keen faces in the back of me. “Dogs continually vote ‘yes. ’” Fannin sheep have been the opposite cause we hadn’t initially headed for Ross River. Deb and that i had examine them in a tourism book we picked up in Watson Lake. merely 3 thousand Fannins exist in the world, and the simplest position to view them used to be alleged to be outdoor Faro. We a gravel street into the craggy hills at the back of city, scanning the rocks and cliffs alongside the way in which. after we stumbled on an indication proclaiming “Sheep Viewing Area,” we stopped to discover strolling. I’m convinced the sheep loved their chance to view us, yet they weren’t in a reciprocal temper. in line with the tourism e-book, I had assumed Fannins have been an endangered animal, yet later, whilst I searched the IUCN pink record of Threatened Species, i used to be shocked to discover them lacking. the reason being simply because Fannins aren’t well-known as a unique species. Canada’s thinhorn sheep (lightweight kinfolk of bighorn sheep) are presently divided into subspecies: Dall and Stone. Dall sheep have all-white coats and dwell within the a long way north, and Stone sheep have grey or brown coats and stay to the south. the place their territories meet, they're believed to interbreed to shape Fannin sheep, that have white coats with a depressing saddle. The prestige of Fannins as “mongrels” isn’t with no controversy, although, as a few humans contend that the sheep aren’t a made from interbreeding yet are literally a separate subspecies. As for our endangered gas provide, we had taken the correct gamble. After giving up on discovering the sheep, we back to the fuel station, the place a guy greeted us with a grin and provided to fill our tank. We endured west and once more had the Campbell street to ourselves. i used to be having fun with the autumn shades on a protracted straightaway whilst i realized an animal status in the midst of the line. “Is puppy? ” I requested. “How may perhaps a puppy get out right here? ” acknowledged Deb. “Maybe somebody dumped it. ” “No, i feel it’s a endure. ” I slowed the truck as we neared. The animal dashed into the woods! “It’s a wolf! ” we yelled in unison. What threw us off used to be that this wolf didn’t have the established salt-and-pepper fur with a touch of brown. in its place, he used to be black. Wolves are one in every of my favourite animals. They’re extremely smart, mysteriously secretive, and vastly misunderstood. after we have been leaving Montana, i discussed to Deb that seeing wolves up shut throughout the day and listening to them howl close to our tent at evening have been one of the reviews I such a lot wanted on our journey.

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