Tigers of the World

Tigers of the World

The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris

2nd Edition - November 30, 2009

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  • Editors: Ronald Tilson, Philip Nyhus
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080947518
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780815515708

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Tigers of the World, Second Edition explores tiger biology, ecology, conservation, management, and the science and technology that make this possible. In 1988, when the first edition was published, tiger conservation was still in its infancy, and two decades later there has been a revolution not only in what is known, but how information about tigers is obtained and disseminated. In the fast changing world of conservation, there is a great need to summarize the vast and current state-of-the-art, to put this into historical perspective, and to speculate in what yet remains to be done.Tigers of the World, Second Edition fulfills this need by bringing together in a unique way the world’s leading tiger experts into one volume. Despite the challenges ahead, there are bright spots in this story and lessons aplenty not only for tiger specialists but large carnivore specialists, conservation biologists, wildlife managers, natural resource policymakers, and most importantly the caring public.

Key Features

  • Examines the past twenty years of research from the world’s leading tiger experts on biology, politics, and conservation
  • Describes latest methods used to disseminate and obtain information needed for conservation and care of this species
  • Includes coverage on genetics and ecology, policy, poaching and trade, captive breeding and farming, and the status of Asia’s last wild tigers
  • Excellent resource for grad courses in conservation biology, wildlife management, and veterinary programs
  • New volume continues the classic Noyes Series in Animal Behavior, Ecology, Conservation and Management


Specialists in tiger conservation and large carnivore conservation, to conservation biologists, ecologists, and wildlife managers more generally interested in wildlife issues. The global conservation community as well as the zoo community

Table of Contents

  • Tigers of the World, 2nd Ed.

    Science, Politics, and Conservation of Panthera tigris

    Edited by

    Ronald Tilson, Minnesota Zoo and

    Philip J. Nyhus, Colby College



    George B. Schaller, Director of Science and Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society

    Preface: The Tribe of Tigers

    Ronald Tilson and Philip Nyhus

    1. Fifty Years in the Tiger World: An Introduction

    Peter Jackson


    2. What is a Tiger? Ecology and Behavior

    Mel Sunquist

    3. What is a Tiger? Genetics and Phylogeography

    Shu-Jin Luo, Warren E. Johnson, James L. D. Smith, Stephen J. O’Brien

    4. What is a Tiger? Biogeography and Taxonomy

    Andrew C. Kitchener and Nobuyuki Yamaguchi


    5. Will the Tiger Survive in India?

    Belinda Wright

    6. Poaching and Poisoning of Tigers in Sumatra for the Domestic Market

    Ronald Tilson, Philip Nyhus, Sriyanto, and Arief Rubianto

    7. Partnering to Stop Poaching: Developing Cross-Sector Strategic Responses to Wildlife Poaching

    Steven Galster, William Schaedla, and Tim Redford

    8. Panthera tigris vs Homo sapien: Conflict, Coexistence, or Extinction

    Philip Nyhus and Ronald Tilson

    9. Setting Priorities for Tiger Conservation: 2005 - 2015

    Sanderson, E.W., J. Forrest, C. Loucks, J. Ginsberg, E. Dinerstein, J. Seidensticker, P. Leimgruber, M. Songer, A. Heydlauff, T. O’Brien, G. Bryja, S. Klenzendorf, and E. Wikramanayake

    10. The Terai Arc Landscape: A Tiger Conservation Success Story in a Human-dominated Landscape

    Eric Wikramanayake, Anil Manandhar, Shyam Bajimaya, Santosh Nepal, Gokarna Thapa and Kanchan Thapa

    11. Collaboration and Partnerships are Essential to Sustain Wild Tiger Populations

    Kae Kawanishi and John Seidensticker

    12. The Cat Specialist Group and Tigers

    Peter Jackson, and Urs and Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten

    13. Save The Tiger Fund’s Grant Making Strategy for the Recovery of Wild Tiger Populations

    Brian Gratwicke, Mahendra Shrestha1, and John Seidensticker

    14. Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund

    Fred Bagley

    15. Why keep tigers in zoos?

    Sarah Christie

    16. History and Function of US Sanctuaries

    Tammy Quist

    17. Thirteen Thousand and Counting: How Growing Captive Tiger Populations Threaten Wild Tigers

    Philip Nyhus, Ronald Tilson, and Mike Hutchins


    18. Non-invasive Survey Methods for Assessing Tiger Populations

    K. Ullas Karanth and James D. Nichols

    19. Tiger Telemetry

    John Goodrich and Dale Miquelle

    20. Scent-matching Dogs: A New Tool for Identifying Wild Tigers

    Linda L. Kerley and Galina P. Salkina

    21. The Science and Art of Managing Tigers in Captivity

    Kathy Traylor-Holzer


    22. How Many Wild Tigers Are There? An Estimate for 2008

    John Seidensticker, Brian Gratwicke and Mahendra Shrestha

    South Asia

    23. This Heaven and this Earth: Will India Keep its Promise to Panthera tigris?

    Bittu Sahgal and Jennifer Scarlott

    24. Status and Conservation of Tigers in the Indian Subcontinent

    A.J.T. Johnsingh, Bivash Pandav, and M. D. Madhusudan

    25. Securing the Future for Nepal’s Tigers: Lessons from the Past and Present

    James L. David Smith, Charles McDougal, Bhim Gurung, Narayan Shrestha, Mahendra Shrestha, Teri Allendorf, Anup Joshi and Narayan Dhakal

    26. Tigers of the Sundarban

    Tessa McGregor

    Southeast Asia

    27. Tigers and People in the Malay World: Four Centuries of Confrontation and Co-existence in Comparative Asian Perspective.

    Peter Boomgaard

    28. Costs and Benefits of Sustaining Wild Tigers in Cambodia: A Strategic Economic Perspective

    Peter Cutter and Sun Hean

    29. The Malayan Tiger

    Kae Kawanishi, Melvin Gumal, Loretta Ann Soosayraj, Gareth Goldthorpe, Chris R. Shepherd, Kanitha Krishnasamy & Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim

    30. The Biology and Politics of Sumatran Tigers: Crash of the Conservation Garuda

    Ronald Tilson and Philip Nyhus

    31. The Claws of a Dilemma: Can Big Business Contribute to Tiger Conservation in Indonesia?

    Tom Maddox


    32. Science-based Conservation of Amur Tigers in Russian Far East and Northeast China

    Dale Miquelle et al.

    33. Tiger Education in Primorsky Region of Russia

    Irina Belim


    34. King of the Hundred Beasts: A Long View of Tigers in Southern China

    Chris Coggins

    35. Yin and Yang of Tiger Conservation in China

    Ronald Tilson, Philip Nyhus, and Jeff R. Muntifering

    36. Tiger Restoration and Biodiversity Refugia in Asia: ‘Picking Up’ the Pieces

    Jeff R. Muntifering, Philip J. Nyhus, Ron Tilson, and Michael E. Soulé

    37. The Struggle to Save the Last South China Tigers

    Kathy Traylor-Holzer, Xie Zhong, and Yin Yuzhong

    38. Tiger Farms and Pharmacies: The Central Importance of China’s Trade Policy for Tiger Conservation

    Kristin Nowell

    39. Tigers, Economics and the Regulation of Trade

    Michael 't Sas-Rolfes


    40. Roads to Recovery or Catastrophic Loss: How Will the Next Decade End for Wild Tigers?

    Eric Wikramanayake, Eric Dinerstein, Jessica Forrest, Colby Loucks, John Seidensticker, Sybille Klenzendorf, Eric Sanderson, Ross Simons, Andrea Heydlauff, Joshua Ginsberg, Timothy O’Brien, Peter Leimgruber, Melissa Songer, Gosia Bryja

    41. The Next Twenty Years of Tiger Science, Politics, and Conservation

    Philip Nyhus and Ronald Tilson

Product details

  • No. of pages: 552
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: November 30, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080947518
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780815515708

About the Editors

Ronald Tilson

Affiliations and Expertise

Conservation Department, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN

Philip Nyhus

Philip Nyhus is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College in Maine, Maine, US. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment, including endangered species conservation and recovery, human-wildlife conflict, large landscape conservation, and spatial modelling. He is co-editor of Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris (2010).

Affiliations and Expertise

Environmental Studies Program, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA

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  • Lindsay F. Fri Sep 30 2022

    Tigers of the World

    I have not fully read the book as its 548 pg, very extensive information which will take some time to fully digest.

  • Julia M. Wed Jan 24 2018

    Great information for biologists and conservationists

    As a zookeeper for Amur tigers, the information in this book is very helpful and informative for husbandry, and for educating visitors. Each chapter provides a good assortment of information. I would’ve liked to have seen a little more detail on physiology of tigers and how this can be applied to husbandry practices. It does provide information pertinent to husbandry as well as in the wild, which is hard to find! The book is helpful in discussing topics such as conservation, taxonomy debates, and life history.