Riding the Tiger: Tiger Conservation in Human-Dominated Landscapes

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John Seidensticker, Sarah Christie, Peter Jackson
Cambridge University Press, Feb 8, 1999 - Nature - 383 pages
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Beauty, grace and power make the tiger one of the world's most loved animals, yet it is precisely these qualities that have contributed to the tiger's peril. Poaching, loss of habitat and prey, and conflicts between people and wild tigers have caused a catastrophic decline in the worldwide tiger population. If wild tigers are to survive through the next century, we must act now. Riding the Tiger is a comprehensive, scientific, and eminently readable account of the problems and possible solutions of securing a future for wild tigers. Lavishly illustrated in full color, the book is written by leading conservationists working throughout Asia. It looks at tiger ecology and biology, examining the tiger in both its natural setting and in our own consciousness. In exploring our efforts at conservation, the book addresses topology and population dynamics. Later sections discuss prey depletion and region-specific studies. Riding the Tiger is a vital information resource for tiger conservationists in the field, as well as necessary reading for serious students of carnivore conservation and conservation biologists in general. For the general reader, it is an accessible and elucidating overview of tiger conservation. John Seidensticker is Curator of Mammals at the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution. With extensive experience in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, China, Russia, Thailand and Indonesia, he has worked on the conservation biology of wild carnivores for more than 25 years, and is currently Chairman of the Save the Tiger Fund of the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Mobil International. Sarah Christie is Conservation Programmes Co-ordinator at the London Zoo. Having overseen the expansion of the Zoological Society of London's tiger conservation programme, she is active in the implementation, management and collaboration of tiger conservation programmes around the world. Peter Jackson is Chairman of the Cat Specialist Group at the World Conservation Union (IUCN). A freelance writer and photographer, Jackson was previously the Chief Correspondent on the Indian subcontinent for Reuters News Agency, and has contributed to Smithsonian Magazine, International Wildlife, and BBC Wildlife. He has traveled widely in Asia, Africa, and the Americas and has published extensively on tiger conservation.
 

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Contents

parti Introducing the tiger
1
Ahearn Department of Geology and Geography Steven Russell Galster Global Survival Network 1348
18
Tiger distribution phenotypic variation and conservation issues
19
Troy W Merrill Hornocker Wildlife Institute PO Box Bittu Sahgal Editor of Sanctuary Asia 602 Maker
21
molecular assessment using voucher
40
The tiger in human consciousness and its significance in crafting
50
Population dynamics of the Amur tiger in SikhoteAlin
61
Hierarchical spatial analysis of Amur tiger relationships
71
Kakur Srimangala Kodagu Anup Joshi Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
200
zoos as
201
The beginning of the end of tigers in trade?
217
antipoaching strategies for the Russian Far East
230
Combating tiger poaching and illegal wildlife trade in India
243
Where can tigers live in the future? A framework for identifying
255
developing political
273
starting from scratch
296

Prey depletion as a critical determinant of tiger population viability
100
preliminary results from an Indian tropical
123
a cause for optimism
131
separating fact from fiction
148
Metapopulation structure oftigers in Thailand
166
part iiiac Approaches to tiger conservation
193
Epilogue vision and process in securing a future for wild tigers
334
The fossil tigers
341
Indices for ranking Tiger Conservation Units
347
Literature cited
355
Index
378
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