TIGER - The Icon of Indian Subcontinent

ISBN Number : 978-93-5299-158-7

Library Price : Rs.2295

Library Dollar Price : 92$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2019

No. Of Pages : 166

Book Weight :384

About The Book

The tiger is an icon of Indian subcontinent. It is an umbrella species of the forest. The health of forests is a rough measure of its presence. It occupies all ecosystems of India, except Thar Desert, prefers deciduous forests, requires large area for its comfortable living and adequate prey species. In the beginning of the 20th century, its population was approximately 40,000 in India, but it was reduced to 3,500 due to indiscriminate hunting of this magnificent animal for showing power and strength by erstwhile kings and hunters, poachers for trade of tiger parts and rapid deforestation, at the end of the century, which means 93.7 percent of tigers vanished within a period of 100 years. The current population of tigers has dwindled to 1,411 in 2006, i.e. Nearly, 70 percent of them have vanished within five years of the 21st century. In 2010 this tiger population increased by 300, i.e., it is now 1,706. The latest report shows that the tiger population is 2,226, i.e., there is a sudden increase in tiger population by 30 percent within three years. From January to July 2014, 40 tigers vanished from India. By creating 49 tiger reserves, adequate protection for this animal might save it. The population of tigers is a stable one and sudden increase in their number within three years is biologically not possible. May be previous census and monitoring methods were not correct. The encroachment by anthropogenic activities such as mining, creation of large dams and hydel projects in tiger habitats have already degraded these habitats. Inadequate corridors for movement of tigers, poaching and lack of enforcement of wildlife Acts are also the matter of concern. No thought is given to the impact of endocrine disruptive chemicals in environment on tigers' survival. This book describes all these aspects and gives emphasis on adequate living space, enough food and shelter and proper health of the tiger for saving this precious species. Schaller rightly said, with characteristic brevity and clarity, "India has to decide whether it wants to keep the tiger or not. It has to decide if it is worthwhile to keep its national symbol, its icon, representing wildlife. Once it is destroyed, it can not be replaced. If the answer is yes, then plans can be made and implemented." Jim Corbett said, "A tiger is a large-hearted gentleman with boundless courage and that when he is exterminated, as exterminated he will be, unless public opinion rallies to his support, India will be poorer by having lost the finest of her fauna. Tigers are magnificent creatures." David Attenborough, a naturalist, said, "It would be a tragedy of truly monumental proportions if tigers were to be lost to the world. Not only that, it would be totally inexcusable on our part, if we don't act fast to provide them suitable territory to live in, they will disappear. We must not let that happen."


Contents -

1. History of Tigers
2. Status of Tigers in Indian Subcontinent
3. Biology of Tigers
4. Impact of Ecotourism
5. Real Issues of 21st Century
6. Management of Tigers in the Indian Reserves
7. Methods of Tiger Census
Appendix 1: Vernacular and Scientific Names of Animals

About The Author

Dr. D.K. Belsare, M. Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc. F.N.A.Sc., F.Z.S.I is the Former Professor of Bioscience, Barkatullah University Bhopal. He was post-doctoral fellow in Baylor College of Medicine Houston, UNEP Fellow, National Academy Science Fellow, Zoological Society Fellow, Advisory Member for Apipol Company Krakow Poland, Director Environmental Planning & Coordination Organization, Bhopal, Advisor Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal, Member Technical Committee, Fish Culture Center of CIFE at Powarkheda, Member of Technical Committee on Wildlife Madhya Pradesh etc and was teaching post-graduate classes for 30 years, He published more than 160 papers in scientific journals. He has written books on (i) Tropical Fish farming, (ii) Introduction to Biodiversity, (iii) Hydrology and Hydrobiology of Rivers & Streams of Indian Subcontinent, (iv) Bee-keeping for Livelihoods and Health, (v) Vanishing Roar of Bengal Tigers and contributed chapters in many books.

He traveled in European Countries, Malayasia and U.S.A. and attended nearly 170 symposia, conferences and seminars at National and International level.

For his distinguished scientific contributions, he was awarded University Gold Medal, Zoological, Society Gold Medal, 20th Century Gold Medal, Zoological Conference Gold Medal, and Best Senior Indian Scientist Gold Medal. His life time research is mainly focused on hormones, aquaculture, water management, wildlife biology and management and biodiversity conservation.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh, M.Sc., D.F.Sc., Ph.D. (Israel), FZSI, FIAES, F.S.L.Sc, FIASN, F.N.A.Sc, FIFSI is consultant of the World Bank of UNIFAO, Bangaladesh and Nigeria. And has expertise in Shrimp Farming and Hatchery Management Fish Nutrition and Diseses and ornamental in fisher, pal culture.

He has published more than 175 research papers and authored 37 book chapters and attended nearly 200 Symposia, Conferences and Seminars at National and International. For his distinguished scientific contributions, he was awarded Gold Medal, Zoological, Society, Indian Academy of Environmental Science, Indian Academy of Science & Nature. (FOREIGN SECRETARY, ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA).

Mr. Rama Krishna, Kadiyam, he is a B.Tech. graduate and is in Infra Business till 1993. He is been to Pharmaceutical export and import for humans and veterinary in Bulk Drugs and Finished Formulations across the globe. He is a member of Zoological Society of India and also have Fellowship in Society of Life Science [F.S.L.Sc] and Fellowship of Indian academy of Environmental Science [F.I.A.E.S]. Besides that he is a wild life lover. He has been visiting several countries and he makes time to visit wild life sanctuaries and going for safaris. He always collects and maintains data on wild life aspects and developments. He makes time to attend seminars on wild life in Brazil, Mexico, Europe, Pan Africa like so many. He has given paper presentation sin different countries in different seminars Reg. wild life. He contributes to different wild life organizations in cash and kind. He is also doing as Aquaculture Consultant to help farmers for their sustainment and growth.

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