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Wild Fire: The Splendours of India's Animal Kingdom

Valmik Thapar (Editor)

Conceived and composed over five years, Wild Fire brings the splendour and diversity of Indias animal kingdom to glorious and vivid life and brings together, for the very first time, the finest writing, photography and art on Indian animals over the past two thousand years.

Developed and edited by Valmik Thapar, one of our foremost wildlife experts, the book is divided into three sections. The first section, Thoughts from Elsewhere, written by Thapar, takes the reader on a quick tour of the countrys natural heritage in the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of mammalian distribution, the characteristics of individual species, the evolution of the countrys wildlife habitats, threats to the environment and much else besides. The second section, The Wildlife Chroniclescollects the finest accounts of Indias animals from the first century onwards. It has stories about the great predators-tigers, leopards, snow leopards, lions, golden cats and others, magnificent herbivores like the elephant, rhino, wild ox and the various species of deer and antelope, evocative accounts of some of the most striking animals in the country including monkeys, squirrels and other arboreal creatures, as well as reports of rare sightings of river dolphins, bats, shrews and other lesser-known members of the animal kingdom. Contributors to this section include travellers, hunters, writers, photographers and naturalists such as Pliny the Elder, Ibn Battuta, Babur, Akbar, Francois Bernier, Isabel Savory, Jim Corbett, George Schaller, Kenneth Anderson, M. Krishnan, E. R. C. Davidar, Peter Jackson and Ruskin Bond. The third section, Wild Fire, contains a selection of some of the finest photographs ever taken of Indias mammals.

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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 Wild Fire: The Splendours of India's Animal Kingdom
Author Valmik Thapar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Language: English
isbn 9383064684, 9789383064687
length 510p., 13 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Colour; 25cm.