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Battling for Survival: India's Wilderness Over Two Centuries

Valmik Thapar (Editor)

This book looks at India's wilderness over two centuries. It records the efforts to save the fragile remnants of India’s vanishing wildlife and traces the history of wildlife and forests to understand some of the challenges to the survival of India’s wilderness in the twenty-first century. Illustrated with rare pictures, the book explores some remarkable efforts to save India’s forests. It looks at the governance of wildlife and forests and some of the greatest defenders of wildlife in India-Alexander Gibson, S.P. Shahi, P.T.L. Dodsworth, F.W. Champion, Jim Corbett, S.H. Prater, Salim Ali, R.W. Burton, George Schaller, E.P. Gee, Kailash Sankhala, Billy Arjan Singh, and M. Krishnan. The author calls them ‘a wild bunch’, a group that defends the ‘right to life’ of our wilderness. Thapar examines the evolution of wildlife governance in India over two centuries including the Supreme Court’s initiatives, recent court decisions, and loopholes in existing legislation. He explores the amazing efforts of organizations like the Bombay Natural History Society as an institution dedicated to conservation in the last century. Its comprehensive coverage will make this volume essential reading for anyone interested in India’s wildlife. NGOs, activists working for wildlife protection, policy-makers, forest officials, and conservationists will find it especially useful.

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About the author

Valmik Thapar

Valmik Thapar, one of the world’s leading tiger conservationists, earned a degree in social anthropology from Delhi University in 1972 and since then has dedicated his life to tiger research and preservation. Thapar has been associated with Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, northern India, for nearly thirty years. He is the founder and director of the Ranthambhore Foundation, which he created in 1987, an organization devoted to maintaining the ecological balance necessary to protect the tiger and its habitats all over India. Thapar is the author of ten books on tigers, most recently Tiger: The Ultimate Guide (2004), The Cult of the Tiger (2002), Saving Wild Tigers (2001), Wild Tigers of Ranthambhore (2000), and The Land of the Tiger (1997), which accompanied a major BBC-TV series of the same name. Thapar has also written Bridge of God (2001), about the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, and Battling for Survival (2003), an ecological history of the forests of South Asia. Thapar has appeared in and contributed to a number of documentaries. Since 1992 Thapar has been serving on several expert committees of the Indian government related to tigers and wildlife and is currently a member of the Central Empowered Committee, which was constituted by the Supreme Court of India to Monitor forests and wildlife. He lives in New Delhi.

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Title Battling for Survival: India's Wilderness Over Two Centuries
Author Valmik Thapar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195662938
length xii+444p., 22cm.