The 7,107 islands of the Philippines archipelago represent a wide range of habitats from tidal sand bars to mighty mountain ranges; from coral reefs through rainforests to summit grasslands. The country’s isolation from mainland Asia also gives it a high number of endemic plant and animal species. Nigel Hicks’ stunning photographs and vivid text explores each of the natural environments and habitats. He describes and illustrates species of the open seas, of the coral reefs and sandy shallows, and of the many different types of forests including the 37 species of mangrove tree found in the Philippines. He gives an overview of the protected areas that safeguard a cross-section of these vital environments and discusses the conservation issues past and present. Wild Philippines provides an authoritative and entertaining study of the wide spectrum of wildlife on the land and in the seas of this diverse country.
Nigel Hicks has lived for many years in Southeast Asia and is a frequent visitor to the Philippines. Now working as a freelance writer and photographer, his work has appeared in numerous magazines and publications around the world, and he has written and photographed a number of books about the country, including Enchanting Philippines, Presenting the Philippines, The Philippines, The Most Beautiful Places and Journey Through the Philippines. He has recently been awarded a Fellowship by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).