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The Secret Life of Tigers

Valmik Thapar (Author)
Synopsis Tigers have tended to live secret, nocturnal lives, making human observation of their habits extremely difficult. Valmik Thapar has spent many years in the Ranthambhore National Park, where, thanks to their protection under the umbrella of Project Tiger, the tigers have become less evasive, more visible, and familiar with the vehicles that attempt to spot and follow them. Thapar has been able to document the family life of three tigresses and their cubs at every stage of the cubs development, from soon after birth to adulthood. He has made some extraordinary discoveries about the lives of tigers, including the role of the father, which has been recorded for the very first time. Previously thought to play no part in rearing their cubs, the author documents male tigers in the role of father with all three tigresses. The author has added a preface and an epilogue to this edition, updating the reader on developments in the tiger population since the book was first published in 1989. Written in a wonderfully lucid, story-telling style, and with sixteen outstanding colour plates, this book will enthrall all animal lovers and those interested in the conservation of wildlife.
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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 The Secret Life of Tigers
Author Valmik Thapar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195697901
length xviii+102 p., Maps; Illustrations; 22cm.