Contents: Introduction. 1. Why save tigers? 2. Enduring fascination. 3. How tigers came to be. 4. Dressed to kill. 5. Predatory ecology and behavior. 6. Solitary, but not alone. 7. How many tigers? 8. Tigers in retreat. 9. The enemy we admire. 10. Can we save the tiger? 11. Distribution map. 12. Tiger facts. Index, recommended reading.
"Tigers have been admired and revered by human cultures for thousands of years. They have also been ruthlessly persecuted as pests or killed for trophies and body parts. Now, the tiger is used as a powerful symbol for global conservation.
Wildlife biologist Ullas Karanth, who has studied wild tigers since the 1980’s. takes us on a journey into their secret world. He looks at how humans have interacted with tigers from prehistoric times to the present day, and at how modern science has helped us replace traditional tiger myths with reliable knowledge. He shows how tigers evolved and spread, across snowbound Russia to the dry forests of India, from the reed beds of Iran to the rainforests of Indonesia, only to be constricted again by human activities such as agriculture, hunting, and economic development. We learn how these solitary animals live in the wild, find each other, raise cubs and eventually die.
Ullas Karanth brings a unique combination of practical experience, deep commitment and scientific rigour to this up-to-date study, illustrated by some of the world’s leading wildlife photographers." (jacket)