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Wild India: The Wildlife and Scenery of India and Nepal (Wild Series) [Paperback]

Guy Mountfort , Gerald Cubitt


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28 Dec 2007 Wild Series
Long renowned for its wild places and remarkably rich natural history, India remains one of the world's greatest wildlife destinations. The sheer range of landscapes and habitats make this an unrivalled place to seek out animals as exciting as the tiger, elephant and leopard, as well as a host of other, less well-known species. From the ice caps of the Himalaya to the lush rainforests of the south, the varied landscapes are home to a great diversity of wildlife.However, population pressures are intense and India's rapid rate of modernisation is prompting a range of pressing conservation concerns. The different types of landscape, and the flora and fauna they support, are all examined in this revised and updated new edition, alongside conservation issues. Text originally written by the late Guy Mountfort has been expanded and updated by current experts on Indian landscape, wildlife and environmental protection. Illustrated with over 200 spectacular colour photographs, this book is a celebration of India's natural heritage.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845379233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845379230
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 24.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bulging with a population of 1 billion people (that's one thousand million for anyone counting), India seems the last place you might expect to revel in nature's splendour. In fact, the Indian subcontinent's 5 million square kilometres brim with wild creatures great and small, including 365 species of mammals, 1260 birds, and over 180 reptiles. As for plant life, botanists divide vegetation into no less than 16 distinct types, ranging from tropical evergreens such as long-leafed pines and bhutan cypresses to the thorny, xerophytic vegetation of the eastern deserts. Here, orchids, rhododendrons, and the cobra-like snake lily burst from page after colourful page. Monsoons dictate the flowering and fruiting of many of these plants, along with the flight patterns of migrating birds in search of abundant insects and vegetation.

Though tougher to view than their African counterparts (they forage in forests rather than on the open savannah), India's big game is easily as spectacular. Thanks to Gerald Cubitt's superb photography, you can feast your eyes on magnificent white tigers (not an albino but a "recessive mutant"), elephants, deer and stags, brown and black bears, goat-antelope, scaly anteaters, and the ferocious clouded leopard, with its abnormally long canines.

Let Wild India help you discover a land apart from the crowded downtown of Calcutta. --Martha Silano --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The late Guy Mountfort was a founder of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and his outstanding portrayals of the wildlife and wilderness of Asia and Africa have been rightly acclaimed. He died in 2003 aged 97. His text has been updated, and a new introduction written, by leading Indian naturalist and conservationist Hashim Tyabji. Gerald Cubitt is one of the world's leading natural history photographers. The images in Wild India were specially commissioned for the book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild India 22 Nov 2009
By Aviad Horev - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is what you need if you want a bit of an easy reading introduction for the natural history of India.
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