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The way of the tiger : natural history and conservation of the endangered big cat
Karanth, K. Ullas, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press ; Vancouver, B.C. : Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
132 pages : color illustrations, 1 color map ; 25 x 27 cm.
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QL737.C23 K38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QL737.C23 K38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QL737.C23 K38 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C23 K38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Booklist Review

Tigers, the biggest of the big cats, can weigh as much as 300 pounds. These striped phantoms have both frightened and fascinated humans for millennia. Karanth, one of the world's foremost tiger specialists, has studied tigers in India since 1980. In this clearly written introduction to the life of the tiger in the wild, the author concentrates on the tigers of India (the most-studied population) but also discusses tigers from other regions. The author covers the evolution of tigers, how their role as predators affects their lifestyle and their place in the ecology, and methods of studying and counting tigers in the wild. One very interesting chapter discusses the solitary life of the adult tiger--although they live alone, tigers also inhabit a complex society of other tigers that communicate with each other through scent and vocalizations. A conservation message runs through the text, helping us to understand why tigers should be saved. Well illustrated with outstanding photographs, this excellent primer is the best introductory book now available. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

These two additions to the wealth of published information on big cats will appeal to very different audiences. Less than 50 percent text, Grace's book on lions only scratches the surface of the lion's evolution, adaptations, communication mechanisms, and day-to-day existence and survival challenges. The author, a Canadian zoologist and nature writer (The Nature of Monarch Butterflies), provides an additional chapter on mythology and symbolism, contact with humans, man-eaters, and conservation issues. The highlight of this book is the extensive high-quality photography provided by world-renowned wildlife photographer Wolfe, whose award-winning work has been featured in magazines such as National Geographic and Smithsonian. While it also has exceptional photos, Karanth's book places much more emphasis on content. Born and raised in India, where he has conducted research for over 20 years, Karanth is a conservation zoologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. That he loves his tigers and is passionate about their welfare is obvious. The organization of the text itself is fairly standard. Karanth starts out with conservation concerns and our fascination with big cats, then considers their evolution, ecology, and behavior and ends with recommended readings. He does not provide new information on tigers but instead reaffirms the research of conservationists George Schaller, John Seidensticker, and Fiona Sunquist. Readers who just can't have too many books about big cats will want them both, though Grace's book will appeal primarily to those who are looking for pictorial representations and brief descriptions. Small and mid-sized libraries will do well with just The Way of the Tiger. Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Why Save Tigers?p. 11
Enduring Fascinationp. 19
How Tigers Came To Bep. 37
Dressed To Killp. 47
Predatory Ecology and Behaviorp. 55
Solitary, But Not Alonep. 67
How Many Tigers?p. 79
Tigers in Retreatp. 87
The Enemy We Admirep. 101
Can We Save The Tiger?p. 115
Distribution Mapp. 130
Tiger Factsp. 131
Index, Recommended Readingp. 132