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Sugarcane Tiger : The Phenomenon of Wildlife in Tarai Farmlands

Rahul Shukla

ISBN 10: 8181891937 / ISBN 13: 9788181891938
Published by IBDC Publishers, 2013
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Contents: Introduction. 1. The dawn of Independence. 2. Arrival at Paraspur. 3. Trouble with Aberrant Tigers. 4. The bio-network of Sugarcane. 5. The Tiger buffs of Lucknow. 6. Born in the cane: a selective breeding ground. 7. In the Tharu country. 8. Katarnia Ghat Sanctuary. 9. Shifting paradigms: why wilderness. 10. Singahi Bela. 11.The morphology of the tiger's paw. 12. Man-tiger conflict--the max out. 13. The Barotha tigers. 14. Pinch period and return to fragmented wild. 15. Tiger's Den. 16. Prey base. 17. Night belongs to the Carnivore. 18. The old boy of Navrangpur. 19. The dispersal dynamics. 20. The branding of sugarcane tiger. 21. The tiger guardians. 22. Man-eaters and saving men from tigers. 23. The decline of sugarcane tiger. Epilogue. Postscript. Addendum. Glossary. Bibliography. Subject Index. Wild animals are not confined to an existence inside forests and much wildlife including large carnivores, live in farmlands outside the institutionalized forests, parks and reserves. Our knowledge base as to how dangerous mammals agree to live in human dominated landscape is very scanty because the subtle nuances that help them to manage their lives in such terrains without becoming a problem have yet not been studied by any ethologist. It is only when we can recognize and value the way they live without creating any problems for us, can we understand the diversions from the otherwise normalized habitat. This book is an exclusive record of the farmland tigers of the Tarai. Large carnivores always do not necessarily need true wilderness for survival and a viable population of mega-predators has always lived in the Tarai farmlands as an integral part of its ecosystems. The author maintains that it gradually developed into an eco-type strain called sugarcane tigers. This unique animal inhabits the biome of sugar plantations by predilection, where a dense canopy of fronds and running irrigation shield a selective holding ground, offering a better home than the jungle. It was a paradigm shaking development which the Project Tiger mandarins found unpalatable behind the shield of their rigid scientific dogma, which was in fact their incompetence and ecological ignorance. Of course it was up to them to take key decisions to change the course of events, but they looked at it indifferently, refusing to acknowledge its power. The confusion led to chaos, resulting in an unprecedented spree of man-tiger conflict, which took a toll of more than 500 human lives and nearly a hundred tigers. In the fateful years of 80s, the ultra-complex currents malformed the sugar fields of Tarai into one of the most cursed tiger turfs of the world with Dudhwa farmlands as its flag house. The tumultuous phase of cane-tigers lasted for a good forty years around Dudhwa and its adjacent districts, and then gradually faded out due to poaching poisoning and trapping as the charismatic animals disappeared rapidly from their one and only stronghold of the Tarai farmlands. Today, when foresters are busy devising highly specific input to rescue its token plausibly ersatz population, we regret the almost complete decimation of this unique animal, whose only reward for his self effacement and struggle to survive had been persecution by man. There was a chance to save it yet we missed the bus. The book is a firsthand researched assessment of the farmland wildlife of Tarai, with an intellectual and scientifically sound treatment of its ecosystem that has brought the reality of sugarcane tiger to the surface. (jacket). Bookseller Inventory # 109650

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Publisher: IBDC Publishers

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

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