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Bones of the Tiger: Protecting the Man-Eaters of Nepal
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From the award-winning author of The Soul of the Rhino, the story of one mans quest to save the tigers of Nepal
“For anyone concerned about the plight of the tiger, the most magnificent of the big cats, this book is a must.” —Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
“Bones of the Tiger could have only been written by someone who has been there and done that before. Well written, absorbing, and spiced with bittersweet moments, it is a must-read for all Americans who are committed to help save the tiger in the wild.” —John Seidensticker, PhD, Chairman of the Save the Tiger Fund
“This books sobering conclusions make it important reading for environmentalists, development specialists, and everyone concerned with the King of the Jungle.”
—Phillip Trimble, former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal
“A tale of tigers, royalty, science, and intrigue—and, above all, hope. . . . Very hard to put down.” —Thomas E. Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center
“A good adventure combines the exotic with the unpredictable—and that was certainly so in our encounter with the man-eating Nepalese tiger. This experience is masterfully recounted in Bones of the Tiger by Hemanta Mishra.” —Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter
Tiger conservation is one of todays most pressing environmental issues. From a world population of approximately 100,000 tigers in 1900, these majestic carnivores have dwindled to less than 3,500 in the wild today, much of this due to poaching and habitat destruction. A true adventure tale, Bones of the Tiger tells the fascinating story of one mans quest to save the man-eating tigers of Nepal. Set in Royal Chitwan National Park, it is also a timely story, given that 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.
Book News Annotation:
Over the 20th century, the number of tigers on the planet dropped precipitously, from more than 100,000 in 1900 to fewer than 3,500 at century's end. A leading wildlife biologist and conservationist, Mishra relates the story of Nepal's efforts to save its endangered tiger population--an effort that, despite many early successes, has foundered during the country's political upheavals of the past decade. Despite habitat destruction and fragmentation--and continuing problems with poachers--the author is optimistic about the tiger's future in Nepal and in other parts of its remaining range. Includes eight pages of color photos. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Tiger conservation is one of todays most pressing environmental issues. From a world population of approximately 100,000 tigers in 1900, these majestic carnivores have dwindled to less than 3,500 in the wild today, much of this due to poaching and habitat destruction. The author tells the fascinating story of one mans quest to save the man-eating tigers of Nepal. Unique in explaining the real story of atypical tiger behavior—behavior that ultimately leads to conflict with humans, sometimes resulting in death—this book also includes stunning photos by renowned Japanese photographer Mashahiro Iijima.
About the Author
Hemanta Mishra, author of the widely praised The Soul of the Rhino (Lyons Press), is a distinguished biologist and conservationist who has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the World Wildlife Fund, and the World Bank. He was awarded the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize and is credited with halting the extinction of the rhino and tiger populations of Nepal by merging Eastern philosophy with Western science.
Jim Ottaway Jr., an American writer and the former chairman of Ottaway Newspapers Inc., has long supported conservation efforts in the Himalayas.
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