- In Land of the Tiger, Valmik Thapar explores the natural history of the extraordinarily diverse region marked by dramatic extremes of climate and terrain, the only place in the world where both lions and tigers reside.
- It is an exploration, of the diverse natural history of the vast area covered by the Indian subcontinent, which extends from Pakistan in the west to Burma in the east and stretches north to encompass the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal.
- He asks how so many species have managed to survive on such a crowded continent, where 20 per cent of the world's population exerts intense pressure on the environment. Thapar links the reverence shown to nature by Eastern religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, to the tremendous diversity that remains on the subcontinent today.
- After a lifetime devoted to the study and conservation of the tiger, Thapar turns to the immense task of documenting the diversity and beauty of the species of plants and animals that share the tiger's domain.
- Thapar's careful natural history enriched by his anecdotes and musings on spirituality and culture. His reverence for the wildlife and landscape he encounters and his brilliant photographs make this book an enthralling read, and it is also a moving argument for more vigilant nature conservation on the Indian subcontinent.
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