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The Tiger in India - A Natural History
by J C Daniel      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 6926 - Hardcover - 300 Pages (Year: 2001)
Natraj Publishers ~ ISBN: 8185019894


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The book on the natural history of the tiger looks at the era when the tiger was considered as an animal not on the verge of extinction but an animal to be exterminated!

The tiger has always been associated with India as hunting the tiger was the acme of sport hunting. Though focused on hunting, considerable data is available on its natural history from observant hunters who had to study the habits and behavior of the animal if they were to stay alive.

The book on the natural history of the tiger looks at the era when the tiger was considered as an animal not on the verge of extinction but an animal to be exterminated! The spirit of the tiger however, prevails in a documentation of the changing world of the tiger now well on the road to extinction.



 Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Origin and distribution
Kinship

CHAPTER 2
THE TIGER AND ITS RACES
Indian Tigers
Tigers of the Caspian
Tigers of Mongolia, Manchuria and North China
Tigers of Burma, Assam and the Malay Peninsula
Tigers of the Sunda Islands
Summary

CHAPTER 3
DISTRIBUTION AND POPULATION
Altitudinal distribution
Abundance in the past, Sumatra
Population past and present
Population estimation in the past

CHAPTER 4
COLOR AND SIZE
Natural Variation
Coat of Tigers
White Tigers
Black Tigers
Size
Length
Size and Weight

CHAPTER 5
SENSES
Smell and Hearing

CHAPTER 6
BEHAVIOR
Tiger tracks
Swimming
Climbing
Tiger calls
Tigers’ death cry
Other calls
Calling up Tigers
Territory
Cannibalism
Movement

CHAPTER 7
METHOD OF KILLING PREY
Methods
Scavenging
Wanton killing of cattle
Quantity eater and periodicity of killing

CHAPTER 8
LIFE AND DEATH
Number of cubs
Mating behavior
Courtship
Gestation period
Percentage of Pregnancies
Little size
Sex ratio
Sexual abnormality
Age
Disease and Wounds

CHAPTER 9
THE TIGER AND ITS NEIGHBORS
Porcupine
Tiger and Wild Dogs
Tiger and Leopard
Tiger and Bear
Gaur
Wild Buffalo
Elephant

CHAPTER 10
TIGER AND MANKIND
Encounters
Netting of Tigers
Tiger caught in nooses
Mauling

CHAPTER 11
MAN-EATERS
Sunderbans
Man-eater of Mundali
The Bansda Man-eater
The Lame Tigers
The Nelliampathy Man-eater
Rarity of Man-eater in South India
Man-eaters in Assam
Mark of the Man-eater

CHAPTER 12
HUNTING
Hunting on foot
Hunting with elephants
Tiger hunting in Burma
Valedictory
References

CHAPTER 13
VALEDICTORY

CHAPTER 14
REFERENCES

 


 About the Author

The author was the Curator/ Director of the prestigious Bombay Natural History Society for over thirty years and is presently an Honorary Member of the Society and continues to be the Executive Editor of the Society's Journal, the premier publication on Indian natural history. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Indian Board for Wildlife, Government of India and a member of the Steering Committee of the Indian Board for Wildlife. Government of India and a member of the Steering Committee of Project Elephant, Government of India. He was a Vice Chairman of the SSC: and Chairman of the Asian Elephant Specialists Group and a member of several other specialists groups of the species Survival commission of the World Conservation Union. He has published over fifty papers on Indian Wildlife.

The main thrust of his research has been on the conservation of endangered species. He was given the Peter Scott Award for the Conservation Merit by the IUCN in 1988 and awarded the prestigious for 1997 by the government of India for his contributions to conservation. He is the author of the Book of Indian Reptilcs and Amphibians and has edited several compilations on Indian natural history.


 

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