India has one of the highest human populations on earth. Despite this population density, its enormous landmass plays host to a huge diversity of wildlife. Of the world's 37 known species of wild cats, 14 are found in India - more than in any other country. There are about 350 species of mammals, 540 species of reptiles and 1200 species of birds breeding in India. The geography of the Indian subcontinent ranges from the tropical coast of southern India to the northern snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, and from Thar desert in the west, near the Pakistani border, to the rainforests in the northeast on the border to Myanmar. This variety of habitats has led to an extremely diverse flora and fauna. But how does this diversity survive even today, when it has been lost in so many other places on Earth? The answer lies in the people and how they treat all creatures. Religion also continues to influence how people treat their environment and Hinduism as India's prevalent religion teaches a respect for all forms of life. India is home to the world's largest surviving populations of wild tigers and Indian rhinoceros. If the fate of these endangered species is to be decided somewhere, it will be in Wild India.
- Hardback | 204 pages
- 252 x 310 x 22.86mm | 1,723.65g
- 15 Nov 2019
- Newbury, United Kingdom
- Full colour photographs
About Axel Gomille
Axel Gomille worked as a biologist and field guide in the central Indian tiger reserves of Kanha and Bandhavgarh before going on to a career as a TV editor and film maker. His freelance wildlife photography led to work on science shows and news outlets, covering wildlife topics from all over the world. He has returned to India numerous times over 25 years to photograph the country's spectacular natural heritage, exhibiting his photographs worldwide and winning numerous awards. He strives to engage people with the result of his travels and help to ensure that wild animals and wild places have a future. His award-winning photographs have been exhibited worldwide.