ISBN 9789383064687,Wild Fire : The Splendours of India's Animal Kingdom

Wild Fire : The Splendours of India's Animal Kingdom


Valmik Thapar


Aleph Book Company



Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789383064687

ISBN-10 9383064684


Number of Pages 510 Pages
Language (English)


Conceived and composed over five years, Wild Fire brings the splendour and diversity of Indias animal kingdom to glorious and vivid life and brings together, for the very first time, the finest writing, photography and art on Indian animals over the past two thousand years. Developed and edited by Valmik Thapar, one of our foremost wildlife experts, the book is divided into three sections. The first section, Thoughts from Elsewhere, written by Thapar, takes the reader on a quick tour of the countrys natural heritage in the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of mammalian distribution, the characteristics of individual species, the evolution of the countrys wildlife habitats, threats to the environment and much else besides. The second section, The Wildlife Chroniclescollects the finest accounts of Indias animals from the first century onwards. It has stories about the great predators-tigers, leopards, snow leopards, lions, golden cats and others, magnificent herbivores like the elephant, rhino, wild ox and the various species of deer and antelope, evocative accounts of some of the most striking animals in the country including monkeys, squirrels and other arboreal creatures, as well as reports of rare sightings of river dolphins, bats, shrews and other lesser-known members of the animal kingdom. Contributors to this section include travellers, hunters, writers, photographers and naturalists such as Pliny the Elder, Ibn Battuta, Babur, Akbar, Francois Bernier, Isabel Savory, Jim Corbett, George Schaller, Kenneth Anderson, M. Krishnan, E. R. C. Davidar, Peter Jackson and Ruskin Bond. The third section, Wild Fire, contains a selection of some of the finest photographs ever taken of Indias mammals. Interesting Facts The most comprehensive book on Indian mammals ever published. Content culled from over a million words on Indian mammals by the worlds top wildlife writers. Rare pictures selected from tens of thousands of exclusive pictures by the worlds top wildlife photographers. Most of the worlds top writers on Indian mammals represented in the volume. Some of these pictures have never been seen before. Written and edited by one of Indias greatest living naturalists, Valmik Thapar. About the Author Valmik Thapar has spent several decades serving the cause of Indias flora and fauna. During this time, he has authored, co-authored and edited more than twenty-five books and made or presented nearly a dozen films for the BBC and several other television networks on the tiger and Indian flora and fauna. Wild Fire is the second book in a trilogy that began with the acclaimed Tiger Fire, which was published in 2013, Thapar is currently working on Winged Fire, a book on Indian birds, which will be published in 2015. He has also created a major non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving wildlife, the Ranthambhore Foundation. Although he has served on hundreds of government panels and committees relating to nature conservation, he is today a fierce critic of government policy and continues to campaign for new ways to save nature in India. He is presently working to set up a think tank, both online and offline, to find solutions to preserve our natural habitats.