The Tiger by John Vaillant

I read a lot of natural history books. There aren’t many as good as this one. John Vaillant’s The Tiger is the story of poachers and a “vengeful” tiger in the Russian Far East. It’s a page turner but also a great exploration of the complicated conservation issues there. And if you can read this without wanting to head off to the Russian Far East to look around, you are probably on the wrong blog.

If you’re looking for something to read over the holiday season, I can’t think of a better choice. Highly recommended for all mammal watchers, naturalists and nature travelers.

My longer review is here.


  • Coke Smith

    Indeed! Great book – books like this one led me and my family on a three month expedition throughout Russia that included a stint searching for tigers! I can honestly say that this experience was without a doubt one of the highpoints in my life! A more amazing part of the world would be hard to find. Here is our travelogue for this trip:

  • mattinidaho

    That is a great trip report, and it definitely further fuels my interest in this region. But first, I’m hoping to see my first tigers in India, in 2011.

    • Coke Smith

      Best of luck with Tigers in India! We’ll be there the first couple weeks of 2011 ourselves – maybe we’ll catch you there!

    • Greg

      Where are you headed in India? My wife and I saw tigers in both Bandhavgarh and Kanha in a couple years back. I live in Nampa so if you are interested in talking about India let me know.

      • Coke Smith

        We’re heading to both of those locations actually – right now we have 12 game drives combined for both parks. Our trip is 24 days but I am trying to squeeze as much in as possible (typical me…): 3 nights Rann of Kutch, 3 nights Gir, 1 night Chambal, 1 Night Verdavar, 3 nights Kanha, 3 nights Bandhavgar, 4 nights Kaziranga and a few others in transit… Wish us luck! Cheerrs

  • mattinidaho

    Greg, would love to talk to you about India. I am in Boise, so just down the road.

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