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Honorary Tiger - The Life of Billy Arian Singh
Honorary Tiger - The Life of Billy Arian Singh

Honorary Tiger - The Life of Billy Arian Singh

by Duff Hart-Davis

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Language

English

Publisher

Roli Books

ISBN

8174364056 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 224

Binding

Hardcover

Duff Hart-Davis
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Author: Duff Hart-Davis
Publisher: Roli Books
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 224
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174364056

Description

Popularly known as India’s latter-day Jim Corbett and tiger man, 87-year-old Billy Arjan Singh is by any standards an extraordinary man. At Tiger Haven, his home in a magical spot on the edge of the jungle in UP, Billy’s experiments with bringing up three orphaned leopards, and also Tara, a tiger cub which he imported from a zoo in England – shot him into both fame and controversy. His aim was to see if Tara’s instincts would make her revert to the wild when she became mature. They did-and over the years she produced four litters of cubs, thus proving his contention that it is possible to supplement dwindling wild stocks with zoo-born animals. But when it was discovered that the tigress had Siberian genes in her ancestry, he was accused of having introduced a genetic cocktail into the jungle.

Undeterred, Billy remained a champion of the forest and its denizens. It was almost entirely due to his advocacy that in 1973 the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, authorized the creation of the Dudhwa National Park. Now, in his eighties, comes recognition for his efforts: In March 2005 he received the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation award-a global honour administered by the World Wildlife Fund, that serves to recognize outstanding contributions in international conservation. In the same year, he received the Padma Shri from the President of India.

In this affectionate biography, the British author Duff Hart-Davis tells the story of a man absolutely dedicated to the cause of animals, who has given fifty years of his own life to their conservation.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FOREWORD

ONE
Death in the Jungle

TWO
Born Killer

THREE
Learning the Ropes

FOUR
Farmer

FIVE
Eelie and Prince

SIX
Harriet and Juliette

SEVEN
The Cubs are Born

EIGHT
Enter Tara

NINE
Tourists

TEN
Maneaters

ELEVEN
Rhinos and Others

TWELVE
Fighting On

THIRTEEN
Looking Ahead

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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