Riding the Tiger: Tiger Conservation in Human-Dominated Landscapes

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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 ...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780521648356
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Picture credits
Foreword
Preface
Pt. I Introducing the tiger: Overview 1
1 Ecology, behaviour and resilience of the tiger and its conservation needs 5
2 Tiger distribution, phenotypic variation and conservation issues 19
3 Subspecies of tigers: molecular assessment using 'voucher specimens' of geographically traceable individuals 40
Box 3.1 Molecular biology in conservation biology 42
4 The tiger in human consciousness and its significance in crafting solutions for tiger conservation 50
Pt. II Tiger ecology: understanding and encouraging landscape patterns and conditions where tigers can persist: Overview 55
5 Population dynamics of the Amur tiger in Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik, Russia 61
6 Hierarchical spatial analysis of Amur tiger relationships to habitat and prey 71
7 Prey depletion as a critical determinant of tiger population viability 100
Box 7.1 Counting the tiger's prey, reliably 104
8 Long-term monitoring of tigers: lessons from Nagarahole 114
Box 8.1 How volunteer naturalists can monitor tigers and prey 118
9 Tigers in Panna: preliminary results from an Indian tropical dry forest 123
10 Last of the Indonesian tigers: a cause for optimism 130
Box 10.1 Using tiger stripes to identify individual tigers 138
10.2 The tiger - human dimension in southeast Sumatra 144
11 The status of the indochinese tiger: separating fact from fiction 148
Box 11.1 Moving conservation forward: surveys, training, planning and action must go hand in hand 164
12 Metapopulation structure of tigers in Thailand 166
13 Metapopulation structure of tigers in Nepal 176
Box 13.1 You can tell some tigers by their tracks with confidence 190
Pt. IIIA-C Approaches to tiger conservation: Overview 193
Pt. IIIA Linking in situ and ex situ tiger conservation 199
14 Effective tiger conservation requires cooperation: zoos as a support for wild tigers 201
Box 14.1 Is re-introduction of captive-bred tigers a feasible option for the future? 207
Box 14.2 The 5 Tigers Website: a tiger information centre 210
Pt. IIIB The trade in tiger parts and what to do about it 215
15 The beginning of the end of tigers in trade? 217
Box 15.1 Tiger bone: a millennium of treating pain 222
16 Roaring back: anti-poaching strategies for the Russian Far East and the comeback of the Amur tiger 230
Box 16.1 Lessons for the future key components of Operation Amba 240
17 Combating tiger poaching and illegal wildlife trade in India 243
Box 17.1 Tiger poaching statistics in India 244
Pt. IIIC People, tiger habitat availability, and linkages for the tiger's future 253
18 Where can tigers live in the future? A framework for identifying high-priority areas for the conservation of tigers in the wild 255
19 A habitat protection plan for the Amur tiger: developing political and ecological criteria for a viable land-use plan 273
Box 19.1 People and tigers in the Russian Far East: searching for the 'co-existence recipe' 290
20 The tragedy of the Indian tiger: starting from scratch 296
Box 20.1 A boost for Project Tiger? 304
21 Reconciling the needs of conservation and local communities: Global Environment Facility support for tiger conservation in India 307
22 Tigers as neighbours: efforts to promote local guardianship of endangered species in lowland Nepal 316
Box 22.1 Pre-requisites for adapting the Chitwan model to other Tiger Conservation Units in Asia 332
Epilogue - vision and process in securing a future for wild tigers 334
Appendix 1 Common and scientific names used in the text 339
Appendix 2 The fossil tigers 341
Appendix 3 Key to locations in Figs. 11.1-11.6 343
Appendix 4 Indices for ranking Tiger Conservation Units 347
Appendix 5 Counting tigers, with confidence 350
Literature cited 355
Index 378
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