Of Tigers and Men: Entering the Age of Extinction
, 1997 - Nature
- 304 pages
The end of the twentieth century draws near and with it comes a reckoning. Rapid population growth and industrial development have had a devastating impact on the natural world. In a few years, many of the animal kingdom's most extraordinary creatures, including the magnificent wild tiger, will be hounded and hunted out of their natural habitats, never to roam free again. We have entered the age of extinction. It was with an awareness of this unfolding tragedy that naturalist and safari-tour leader Richard Ives embarked on a remarkable journey through India, Nepal, and Southeast Asia in search of the vanishing wild tiger. What ensued was a quest that would bring him face-to-face with the contest for survival between man and animal. And it would put him into contact with the fascinating individuals who live in the shadow of this destructive battle: "Billy" Arjan Singh, proprietor of a tiger sanctuary, who continues a fifty-year struggle to preserve a portion of the fast-dwindling Indian forest; the mysterious Werther, an intense and lonely wanderer whose travels in the world's evaporating wildernesses have left him in frightening despair; and the wealthy Indian businessman whom Ives thinks of as his "informant, " whose obsession with the tiger springs from a harrowing incident in his youth that has left lifelong scars.