The Rise and Fall of the Emer­ald Tigers

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home - BY RAGHU CHUN­DAWAT, SPEAK­ING TIGER BOOKS, £9.72

The best book on tigers for many years – and the sad­dest. Raghu Chun­dawat led a suc­cess­ful pi­o­neer­ing study of tigers in the dry forests of Panna Tiger Re­serve, Mad­hya Pradesh, be­fore catas­tro­phe struck: a spike in poach­ing and a new di­rec­tor who didn’t want to hear bad news. Chun­dawat and his team were banned from the for­est and Panna lost all of its tigers. Af­ter years of grief, the au­thor has as­sem­bled his data in a com­pre­hen­sive work, which is full of fresh in­sights that only a trained ob­server ac­crues over years in the field. Mag­nif­i­cent.

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