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A View from the Machan

 
K Ullas Karanth (Author)
Synopsis A View from the Machan is natural history a science? Are there scientific ways in which we can give wild animals a better chance of survival? How does conservation actually work? Ullas Karanth has been evolving practical, science-based conservation solutions for over a quarter of a century. He has developed camera-trap sampling techniques that are now employed to monitor predators such as tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, and leopards across the world. His book provides a unique insight into wildlife conservation from the perspective of an internationally renowned tiger biologist. Karanth opens up the secret world of predators-from wild dogs and leopards to tigers. He evokes both the drudgery and the thrill of being a scientist in the wild. His writing is marked by a passionate, yet rational, commitment to saving wild animals. With his special interest in tigers, Karanth explains with rare clarity the evolutionary and ecological forces that shape predation, and the reasons why predators inevitably come into conflict with humans. He makes a compelling case for effectively protected nature reserves, which he terms sacred groves for the new century. This is a provocative collection, a tour de force of science-driven conservation advocacy. Karanth's vivid style communicates the excitement of the forest, while his lucidity disentangles complex scientific ideas for general readers.
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About the author

K Ullas Karanth

K. Ullas Karanth is a Senior Conservation Scientist with the New York based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Director of its India programme. He is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and serves on the boards of WWF-India and the Ranthambhore Foundation. Karanth has researched tigers and other predators in the Western Ghats, as well as at a dozen other wildlife reserves across India. His areas of expertise include radio-telemetry of big cats, animal population sampling methodologies, and the mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts. His research findings have been published in reputed journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Ecology, Journals of Animals Ecology, Journals of Zoology (London), Journals of Tropical Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Biological Conservation, as well as in several scientific books.

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Bibliographic information

Title A View from the Machan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 8178242248, 9788178241371
length xvi+153p., Figures; 22cm.