Tigers of the World

1st Edition

The Biology, Biopolitics, Management and Conservation of an Endangered Species


  • Ronald Tilson
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    In the last 50 years the tiger population in Asia has plummeted from 100,000 to about 5,000. The number of tigers is dangerously low, and the conservation of the world's remaining tigers is of global concern. Now, in this volume, 40 world authorities on tigers from Asia, Europe, and North America have summarized and identified the management, conservation, and research needs for this endangered species. A new disciplineùconservation biologyùis emerging and this book is an early contribution. It spans and unites theory, laboratory, and field studies with management practices of both the wild and captive populations. The book is based on the international symposium held in Minnesota, discusses the tiger's systematics and taxonomy, its status both in the wild and captivity, reproductive biology, and management and conservation strategies. In addition, an entire section is devoted to a discussion of the white tiger. The tigers of Indonesia, Nepal, Siberia, and China, as well as captive tigers are discussed. Finally, the information in this book places real numbers on the remaining tiger populations, their habitat that is protected, and probabilities of these populations surviving an extinction.


    Animal scientists, veterinarians, agricultural and zoological managers and handlers, animal behaviorists.

    Table of Contents

    Systematics and Taxonomy Setting the Molecular Clock in Felidae The Phylogeny of the Tiger Electrophoretic Data in Tiger Systematics Subspecies and the Conservation of Panthera tigris Status in the Wild The Siberian Tiger in the USSR Habitat Availability and Prospects in China Tigers in Malaysia Tiger Numbers and Habitat Evaluation in Indonesia The Problem Tiger of Bangladesh Female Land Tenure System in Tigers Project Tiger Tigers in India Status in Captivity Captive Tigers in China Nutritional Considerations Digestibility and Metabolizable Energy of Diets for Captive Tigers A Neonatal Growth Model Clinical Management of Captive Tigers Comments on the ""Tiger Disease"" Antibiotic Therapy in the Bengal Tiger Reproductive Biology Estrus and Anestrus in Siberian Tigers Seminal-Endocrine Characteristics of the Tiger and Potential for Artificial Breeding Evaluation of Tiger Fertility Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer Chemical Communication Captive Management Species Survival Plan and Overall Management Strategies Captive Management of South China Tigers South China Tiger Recovery Program The Captive Population of Sumatran Tigers An International Captive Management Plan Possible Selection in Captive Panthera tigris altaica White Tiger Politics White Tiger: Phantom or Freak? White Tigers and Their Conservation White Tigers: The Realities White Tigers and Species Survival Plans Conserva


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    About the editors

    Ronald Tilson

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Conservation Department, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN