The Deer and the Tiger: A Study of Wildlife in India

The Deer and the Tiger: A Study of Wildlife in India

by George B. Schaller

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Overview

The Deer and the Tiger is Schaller's detailed account of the ecology and behavior of Bengal tigers and four species of the hoofed mammals on which they prey, based on his observations in India's Kanha National Park.

"This book is a treasure house of biological information and it is also a delight to read. . . . Excellent phoographs accompany the text."—Robert K. Enders, American Scientist

"The one book that has been my greatest source of inspiration is The Deer and the Tiger by George Schaller, based on the first ever scientific field study of the tiger. . . . This book is written by a scientist, but speaks from the heart. . . . It reveals startling information on feeding habitats, territorial behaviour, and the nuances that make up the language of the forest; you become totally immersed in the world of the tiger. . . . For all of us who work in tiger conservation, this book is the bible."—Valmik Thapar, BBC Wildlife

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226736310
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 08/28/1984
Series: Midway Reprint Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 378,470
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

George B. Schaller is a senior conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Vice President of Panthera, a foundation devoted to the conservation of wild cats. He is the author of many books, including The Mountain Gorilla and The Last Panda, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Part I - Introduction, Study Locations, and Methods 

1. Introduction
2. Study Locations and Methods
Study Locations
Study Methods
Description of the Study Areas 

Part II - The Hoofed Animals 

3. The Chital
Description
Geographical and Ecological Distribution
Population Dynamics
General Behavior
Social Behavior
Comparisons with Hog Deer
4. The Barasingha
Description
Distribution and Status
Population Dynamics
General Behavior
Social Behavior
5. The Sambar
Description
Population Dynamics
General Behavior
Social Behavior
6. The Blackbuck
Description
Distribution and Status
Population Dynamics
General Behavior
Social Behavior
Comparisons with the Nilgai
7. The Gaur
Description
Distribution
Population Dynamics
General Behavior
Social Behavior
8. Ecological and Behavioral Comparisons
Biomass
Ecological Separation of Species
The Reproductive Season
Social Behavior
Communication of Danger 

Part III - The Predators 

9. The Tiger
Description
Distribution and Status
Population Dynamics
Ranges
Social Organization and Interactions Between Adults
Communication
Behavior of Female and Young
Food Habits and Hunting, Killing, and Feeding Behavior
Response to Man
10. Other Predators
Leopard
Jungle Cat
Sloth Bear
Striped Hyena
Wild Dog
Bengal Fox
Jackal
Python
11. The Effects of Predation on the Prey Populations in Kanha Park 

Appendix A
References Cited
Acknowledgments
Index

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