As one expects in such a work, there is little scientific depth, with interesting and unusual features likely to be of immediate interest singled out for attention instead. The focus is on the larger animals, on the birds, reptiles, and above all the mammals, foremost among them the tiger. There is, however, some discussion of general environments (with wonderful landscape photography, including some sumptuous double-page panoramas) and of conservation issues, most notably of the ways in which Indian religious beliefs have helped to protect some species and habitats. Land of the Tiger also includes some elements of travel narrative, with quotations from Thapar's own diaries and from other travelers.
Land of the Tiger will be a pleasure for anyone who enjoys nature photography and natural history.
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