Ecology Hemanta Mishra is happy to be proved wrong about the extinction of the big cat from the Indian sub-continent. However, there is still a long way to go, as the acclaimed wildlife expert says in his new book
Amemoir brilliantly weaving the larger view of the tiger story is Hemanta Mishra’s “Bones of the Tiger of Man-Eating Tigers And Tiger-Eating Men”. From his personal experiences of tracking, filming, darting them for further study and radio collaring, the Nepalese author paints an authentic portrait of the animal. From this intimate sphere, he comfortably moves into a commentative zone, where he takes stock of the efforts on to save the big cat. Conservation theories, the animal’s place in history and legend, facts about man-eating tigers, the wildlife biologist attempts to present a holistic view of the animal the world is trying so hard to save.
He has worked for the Nepal wildlife department, the Smithsonian Institute, WWF, the World Bank and the American Himalayan Foundation. A key player in saving the endangered Indian rhinoceros in Nepal, he documents the struggle of rescuing the rhino in his book “The Soul of The Rhino”. He has established the first Nepalese national parks — including the Royal Chitwan National Park — and has won the Getty award for conservation, one of the most prestigious awards in conservation. Here, Mishra responds to a few questions about the book over email. Edited excerpts:
It looks like every word written in the book has emerged from your memory and experience. Would you call the book a memoir?
Yes, it is certainly a kind of a memoir, mostly based upon my own field notes, publications, and documentary films made for television. However, there is much still to be written about my works including in the creation of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and my other works in the Himalayas.
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