Tiger Wallahs : Encounters with the Men Who Tried to Save the Greatest of the Great Cats
For many years historian and screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward, who grew up in India, has returned to visit the Indian jungles, drawn by their beauty and by the mystery and power of the great endangered predator that has always ruled them - the tiger.In this intensely personal, richly illustrated book, containing seventy-five rare photographs, most of them in color and made in the field by the finest nature photographers, he evokes the special appeal of India's forests. And he describes his encounters with some of the tiger-wallahs - tiger-men - who have struggled against overwhelming odds to save the species from extinction.Jim Corbett, the great destroyer of man-eaters, who became a still greater conservationist; Billy Arjan Singh, the Spartan farmer who despises hunters and hunting, tried to return a tigress to the wild, and, all alone, carved out a national park; Fateh Singh Rathore, the uninhibited Rajput who cheerfully risked his life defending the jungles in his charge; and Valmik Thapar, the son of New Delhi intellectuals, who began as Fateh's disciple, became an authority in his own right, and now champions a new kind of conservation that may provide the tiger's only hope.Tiger-Wallahs is both a book about a magnificent animal and its ablest defenders, and an evocative farewell to a species that now seems doomed by shrinking habitats and a soaring international trade in tiger bones to vanish from the wild before the century's end.
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 215.9 x 284.48 x 17.78mm | 1,020.58g
- 30 Nov 1993
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
- 75 colour and 25 b&w illustrations, index