Following his popular Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate book, author Jack Ewing delves into a tumultuous yet fascinating history of the south-central Pacific coast of Costa Rica in his second book, Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed.

“History is lost if it’s not written down,” says Ewing. “Over the past decades, I have come to love both this land and the people who inhabit it and felt their history needed to be told. I wrote Tapirs and Jaguars so that others may gain a deeper appreciation of this beautiful place.”

“For Jack’s many fans, the stories recalling episodes of his 45-year, personal evolution from cattle rancher, to emerging naturalist and conservationist, to renowned environmentalist will be equally enlightening and entertaining. This book will appeal to all ages and a wide range of readers—tourists, naturalists, environmentalists, natural history students, local history buffs and anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing the natural Costa Rica that Jack has worked so hard to foster and protect.”
– Dorothy MacKinnon, travel writer; Fodor’s Guide to Costa Rica, Insight Guide to Costa Rica, Tico Times

Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed transports the reader into Costa Rica with an intimacy born from the author’s life there and with a vividness that would be difficult to match even seeing it for yourself. It is fascinating and personal, never dry or academic, yet by the end there’s no denying it’s a thoroughly educational read.”
— Ray & Sue Krueger-Koplin, Toucan Maps Inc.

In 1970 Jack Ewing and his family left Colorado for Costa Rica where, over the years, he helped convert a former cattle ranch into Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge, now a well-known ecotourism destination on the southwest coast of Costa Rica. Now, thanks in large part to Jack Ewing’s efforts with Hacienda Barú and the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, we may one day see jaguars and tapirs return to the area.

Ewing is currently president of two environmental organizations, ASANA (Association of Friends of Nature) and FUNDANTA (Foundation for the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor). His books include the popular title, Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate, and Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed, released in 2015.

To interview Jack Ewing, please email:

Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed: Ever-Evolving Costa Rica
$22.95 (ISBN 978-1-936555-55-0)
6 x 9 softcover • 288 pages, illustrated • cover art by Jan Betts
Kindle ebook $9.99