‘This book is a must-read for everything you ever wanted to know about wild tigers in India.’—Valmik Thapar In this seminal book about the Indian tiger, Raghu Chundawat, a renowned conservation biologist, shares his findings from the only long-term ecological research project on tigers undertaken in India till date. Chundawat closely studied the Panna tigers and their prey, from 1996 to 2006—meticulously recording their space use, movements, feeding and reproductive behaviours—in the dry tropical forests of Madhya Pradesh. With support from the national park management, he oversaw a spectacular revival of Panna’s tiger population. However, by 2002-03, the fortunes of Panna’s tigers, and Chundawat’s research, nosedived when the park management changed. Monitoring privileges and access to the park were curtailed, and subsequently, poaching and poisoning of tigers spiked. When Chundawat blew the whistle on the alarming decline, he faced immense backlash from the state wildlife authorities. Despite the systemic opposition, Chundawat continued the fight to save Panna’s tigers, collecting data and petitioning the government to intervene. In this immensely informative work, Chundawat presents not just his research, but also an insider’s account of the politics and administrative apathy plaguing Indian wildlife conservation. He discusses the larger threats to Indian wildlife—and the possible solutions. Filled with stunning photographs, The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers is a must-read for all wildlife enthusiasts and researchers across the world.
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• One of the most important books on the Indian tiger, detailing how we have failed in recent times and what we need to do to save it
• Presents findings from the only long-term ecological research project on tigers undertaken in India till date
• Combines scientific research, natural history and stunning colour and black-andwhite photographs from the field. Should appeal to all wildlife enthusiasts
• Will be a very useful resource for wildlife researchers and students all over the world
• Will be of interest to all wildlife institutes in India, including the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and the WWF India
• The author is a well-known figure in the media, having been the whistleblower of the Panna tiger crisis
‘A book whose lessons must be learnt if the Tiger is to survive in India, written by a naturalist who has lived in a sanctuary during the demise of the species there, and recorded the subsequent revival too.’—Mark Tully
‘Science and heart wrapped up in one package—lessons learned from this stark, honest book could bring the tiger and its wildernesses back from the precipice.’—Bittu Sahgal, editor, Sanctuary Asia
Raghu Chundawat is a renowned conservation biologist whose main studies have been on snow leopards and tigers. His pioneering ten-year research on the Panna tigers was immortalized in the BBC documentary, Tigers of the Emerald Forest.