Tigers In Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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Poet, writer, and descendant of Charles Darwin, Ruth Padel set out to visit a tropical jungle and wildlife sanctuary in India-- and her visit turned into a remarkable two-year journey through eleven countries in search of that most elusive and most beautiful animal: the tiger. Armed with her grandmother's opera glasses and Tunisian running shoes, she set off across Asia to ask the question: can the tiger be saved from extinction in the wild?
Tigers are an "umbrella species", they need everything in the forest to work in tandem: they eat deer, the deer need vegetation, the vegetation has to be pollinated by birds, mammals, rodents and butterflies. If you save the tiger, you save everything else. Today, the 5,000 tigers that still survive in the wild live only in Asia and are scattered throughout 14 countries. Padel says that while tigers will never become extinct-they are too popular for that-they may disappear from the wild. There are as many tigers in cages in the US as there are surviving tigers in the wild.
As she travels she meets the defenders of the wild-the heroic scientists, forest guards and conservationists at the frontline, fighting to save tigers and their forests from destruction in the places where poverty threatens to wipe out all wildlife. She also examines her fascination (both as a poet and as the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin) with nature, wildness and survival and in the end, becomes a knowledgeable advocate for the tiger. The result is a beautiful blend of natural history, travel literature and memoir, and a searing, intimate portrait of an animal we have loved and feared almost to extinction.
  

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Review: Tigers In Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers

User Review  - Saz Gee - Goodreads

Beautiful even if I (and Padel?) did lose my way a bit. Dances with words. Read full review

Review: Tigers In Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers

User Review  - Dallas Mcmaugh - Goodreads

Imagine my surprise to discover this really was about tigers. I bought it thinking it was much praised Lisa klaussman novel of same title (from Wallace Stevens: an old sailor drunk and asleep in his ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Teenager
1
OUT OF THE WEST India Bangladesh Nepal Bhutan Bengal Tigers
7
Sundown
9
Jungle of The Jungle Book
29
How Do You Count Animals You Cant See?
51
Lady of the Lake
72
Crocodiles and ManEaters
79
The Lord of Mud and Tide
95
Dont You Understand? This Is Amba
200
Tiger Rag Tiger Bone
208
Dreaming of Tigers
221
SOUTH
237
If You Kill a Tiger You Can Buy a Motorbike
257
Defenders of the Wild
270
Never Say You Are Not Afraid
306
The Tiger Shaman
330

Heart of the Jungle Shadow of Tibet
110
Inner Journey Hidden Treasure
133
The Road to Tigers Nest
142
EAST Russia Korea China Amur or Siberian and South China Tigers
161
Clawmarks and Pawmarks at the Antler Velvet Farm
163
Attention Tigers Crossing
179
RETURN TO SOUTH INDIA
345
To a Good Path through the Forest
376
Poems
391
People
405
Index
420
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Ruth Padel is a scholar and poet. Several of her books have been short-listed for the Whitbread and T.S. Eliot Prizes. She is chair of the UK's Poetry Society, and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and of the Zoological Society of London.

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