9780195649666

The Dance of the Sarus Essays of a Wandering Naturalist

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    9780195649666

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    0195649664

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-03-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

This intriguing book brings together short essays on various aspects of India's wildlife and birds. Set in diverse geographical locations, from the alpine landscape of Arunachel Pradesh to the scrub jungles of Madurai, from the Rann of Kachch to the hills of Assam, this collection includes animated pieces on the pelican, the sarus cranes, the ibis, leaf monkeys, hoolocks, white tigers, rainforests, trout, and so on. The Dance of the Sarus spans a wide range and contains observations on little known creatures of the north-eastern hills; it documents the bird mystery of Haflong; and it contains interviews with conservationists like Salim Ali, George Scheller, and Ravi Chellam. Author Theodore Baskaran beautifully highlights important landscape details, including sights and sounds that captivate him. And the book is well illustrated with pictures that are interspersed throughout the text. Celebrating the unique fauna and breathtaking landscape of the country, these evocative essays will appeal to the amateur naturalist, bird watcher, conservationist, and all those with an interest in India's rich natural history.

Author Biography

S. Theodore Baskaran, who retired recently from the Indian Postal Service, is an Honorary Wildlife Warden and the south India representative of The International Primate Protection League. He is currently the Secretary of MOZHI, a resource development centre in language and culture, Chennai.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
THE BIRDS 1(88)
The Dance of the Sarus
3(3)
A Haven for Bustards
6(3)
One Morning in Ranganathittu
9(5)
An Evening at Lake Nakuru
14(4)
Sporting Seasonal Plumage
18(3)
The Survivors
21(4)
Mauritius: Birds in Trouble
25(7)
The Flamingoes of Porbandar
32(3)
Private Life of a Purple-rumped Sunbird
35(3)
You Came a Long Way, Baby
38(3)
The Haflong Phenomenon
41(4)
Driven to Extinction
45(3)
The Dipper
48(2)
Mimic in the Woods
50(3)
A Creature of the Rain Forest
53(3)
Birds of Adyar Estuary
56(4)
An Unusual Congregation
60(3)
The Pope of Ornithology
63(3)
Saving the Pelican
66(4)
The Ibis: Devoted Family Birds
70(3)
A Threatened Sanctuary
73(6)
The Pleasures of Birdwatching
79(4)
An Interview
83(6)
Salim Ali
THE MAMMALS 89(44)
The Liontailed Macaques of the Anamalais
91(5)
The Black buck of Bannari
96(4)
Back From the Oblivion
100(3)
The Sangai On the Brink
103(3)
Man-Elephant Encounter
106(10)
Hoolock: The Ace Acrobat
116(3)
The Leaf Monkeys of Tripura
119(3)
The White Tigers of India
122(3)
Protecting the Wolf
125(3)
The Slender Loris: A Primate in Darkness
128(5)
THE HABITATS 133(38)
The Men who Planted Trees
135(3)
The Rain Forests of Tamilnadu
138(4)
A Silent Summer
142(5)
The Grass Hills
147(3)
This Delightful Country ...
150(4)
Nalsarovar: A Paradigm for Wetland
154(4)
The Monpas of Himalayas: In Harmony with Nature
158(6)
Grassland as a Habitat
164(3)
When the Hills Turn Blue...
167(4)
THE ISSUES 171(42)
Hunting in British India
173(4)
To Shoot or Not to Shoot
177(3)
In A Well of Despair
180(5)
The Economic Impetus to Conservation: The Kenyan Story
185(4)
To Catch a Trout
189(6)
Conserving the Tiger: Interview with George Schaller
195(7)
The Lions of Gir: Interview with Ravi Chellam
202(7)
Noah's Ark: How safe?
209(4)
THE DOMESTIC 213(20)
Indigenous Breeds of Cattle in India
215(4)
India's Canine Heritage
219(7)
The Donkeys of the World
226(7)
Index 233

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