The Archives of Contemporary India and Department of Environmental Studies is delighted to invite you to join us for a Book talk on "Among Tigers: Fighting to Bring Back Asia's Big Cats" by Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, Founder & Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru to be held on Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 1:30 PM (IST) at AC04-005 (LT).
Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
Title: Book Talk on "Among Tigers: Fighting to Bring Back Asia's Big Cats"
Distinguished Speaker: Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, Founder & Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru
Time: 1: 30- 2:45 PM (IST)
Venue : AC04 005 (LT) ; Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93427642190?pwd=enBOa09qaHVsY1Qybk1pM2RTWDRMUT09 (Hybrid Mode)
About the book:
Among Tigers is a story of the tiger itself — its incredible biology, its critical role in shaping natural ecosystems of Asia, and the unique place it holds in our collective imagination. But it is also the story of how we wound up with fewer than five thousand wild tigers, and how, with focused efforts, we can grow that population ten times or more in a few decades. In doing so, we would not only bring the world's largest and most beloved feline back from the brink but also save countless other species that share the tigers' habitats, from the freezing forests of Siberia to the tropics of India. Ultimately, Among Tigers is a roadmap showing us how to not only save the greatest of great cats but also bring it roaring back at numbers never before seen in our lifetimes.
Kota Ullas Karanth was originally trained as a mechanical engineer at the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal (1971), but in order to pursue his deep passion for wildlife biology, obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Florida, USA (1988) and a Doctorate from Mangalore University, India (1993).
Dr. Ullas Karanth is the Emeritus Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru, which he founded in 1984. He has also served as Country Director (1988-2017) and as a Consultant Senior Scientist (2018-2019) of the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York. Dr. Karanth is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida, the University of Minnesota, and at the TIFR-National Centre Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.
Dr. Karanth has conducted long-term research on the ecology of tigers, other predators and their prey in India and other parts of Asia. He has published over 150 scientific papers in prestigious journals as well as numerous popular articles. He has authored/edited/co-edited several books including The Way of the Tiger, Monitoring Tigers and their Prey, A view from the Machan, Tiger Tales, Camera traps in Animal Ecology, and Science of Saving Tigers.
Dr. Karanth serves on the World Conservation Union's specialist groups on Cats, Bears, Elephants, Wild Cattle and Small Carnivores. He has served as a member of the Indian Government’s Forest Advisory Committee, National Tiger Conservation Authority and on the Governing Boards of the Wildlife Institute of India, WWF-India and the Liz Claiborne Foundation, New York. He has been active in the conservation arena for five decades.
His work has been extensively featured in world’s media including Nature, Science, New Scientist, Scientific American, New York Times, Time Magazine, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, PBS, CBC, Discovery and Animal Planet.
In recognition of his contributions to wildlife conservation, Dr. Karanth won the Sierra Club’s EarthCare award (2006), World Wildlife Funds’s J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership (2007). He was conferred the Karnataka Rajya Prashashti in 2011, and Padma Shri by the President of India in 2012.