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Himalayan Flowers, Trees and Animals: A Pictorial Exposition of the Natural History and Himalayan Wilderness

Tej Kumar Shrestha (Author) Sabina Shrestha (Author) Atmaz Kumar Shrestha (Author)

This pictorial book should be useful to all interested in flora and fauna of Himalayas, particularly the students, tourists or nature lovers. Those people traveling far ad wide along mountains will find it easy to carry this handy book in he major treks of Nepal. Besides illustrating a large number of the trees and flowers and animals that to be seen in the Himalayas, this book also shows the direct settings in which they are found and tells something about inter relationship of the plants with animals and the local people. Therefore this book is an important addition to current literature on the subject for it takes Himalayan natural history to a higher plane.

The first part of the book is devoted to highlight importance of Himalayan plants and flowers and their conservation issues. Second part consists of well-illustrated photographs of trees, flower and animals and their habitats to help identification in the field. The third part consists of notes and explanations of the plant pictures from different Himalayan landscapes which are carefully numbered and their local and scientific names given to help identification. A light reading through the field notes given at the end of colour plates should provide quite a bit of information of the natural history and ecology of Himalayan plants and animals. The Himalayan herbs of medicinal value are illustrated with exquisite care and accuracy. As Nepal is home to vast number of ethnic groups and communities, folk knowledge has been way of life for centuries and withstood the test of time. Therefore to understand deeply the indigenous, knowledge, culture and value addition made by herb resources in human society are of paramount importance. This book contains ore than 95%of original photographs taken in by authors.

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About the author

Tej Kumar Shrestha

Tej Kumar Shrestha was born in Baglung, Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal. He initially learned his wildlife ecology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Bhopal University, India and at University of Arkansas, USA. He made field wildlife ecology and behaviour as a part of his investigation leading to D.Sc. degree of Bhopal University, Indian, which was awarded in 1994. This growing interest led him to study wild animals spanning over thirty years. He has held many distinguished positions. He is Professor and Head of Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu and Visiting Professor of Ecology, Bhopal University, India. He was Coordinatory Wetland and Heritage Program of IUCN, Nepal. He was also Associate Member of Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (RONAST). Dr. Shrestha has been recently nominated by His Majesty King of Nepal as a Member of prestigious Tribhuvan University Council. He is member of British Ornithologists; Union (BOU), World Pheasant Associatioin (WPA), International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), and Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). He was elected as Chartered Biologist and Fellow of Institute of Biology, UK, Fellow of Linnean Society of London, Fellow of Zoological Society of London, Foreign Secretary of Zoological Society of India and Life Member of Bombay Natural History Society of India. Dr. Shrestha was founder member of Bird Watching Club of Nepal and has been closely associated with wildlife conservation movement of the country for over past three decades. Dr. Shrestha has extensively traveled around Himalayan passes, mountains, rivers and forests of Nepal. He visited U.K., USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, France and Finland, participating in study tours, expeditions, conferences and lecture tours. He has contributed scientific papers and articles on animal ecology and behaviour in national and international journals. His popular articles have appeared on ratio and TV in Nepal and abroad. He is author of the books Mammals of Nepal, The Ganges River Dolphin, Birds of Nepal and other twelve outstanding books on wildlife and natural resources. He serves IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) as a member in different specialist groups.

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Title Himalayan Flowers, Trees and Animals: A Pictorial Exposition of the Natural History and Himalayan Wilderness
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.10.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789937235419
length 160p., 160p. of Plates; Col. Illustrations; Maps; 18cm.