The Temple of the Jaguar

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Donald G. Schueler, a devoted environmental activist for many years, is the author of such informative and stimulating books as PRESERVING THE PASCAGOULA (1980), INCIDENT AT EAGLE RANCH (1980), and ADVENTURING ALONG THE GULF OF MEXICO (1986). Schueler decided to embark on this grueling adventure into the secluded regions of Mexico and Belize, only after suffering the loss of a loved one to AIDS. Traveling by van, Schueler plunged into the wilderness, into the unknown in search of a renewed purpose to his life. He longed to witness nature in its rawest state. Without the pretensions of modern-day civilization, Schueler found himself coming in contact with some of the most unusual flora and fauna found on the face of the Earth. The author did hope to view the elusive jaguar, but it was not until he was at the end of his journey did he catch a glimpse of the rare creature within Belize’s Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve.

THE TEMPLE OF THE JAGUAR is rich not only with vivid descriptions of the natural environment but also with historical perspective and marvelous portraits of the people who have chosen to live in such a remote region. Schueler met a curious assortment of American expatriates, as well as the local Maya, and some extremely dedicated conservationists. He is able to weave his personal quest together with a concise historical lesson and an insightful descriptive portrait of the Latin American wilderness, which all helps to make THE TEMPLE OF THE JAGUAR both a fascinating and educational reading experience.