Looking for something to read? We’ve picked some of our favourite English language, non-fiction tiger reads so you can escape to the most remote corners of our planet, meet the tigers that live there and the incredible - sometimes eccentric - people risking life and limb to protect them.
1. Life in the Valley of Death by Alan Rabinowitz, 2007
Alan Rabinowitz was the chief scientist and CEO of Panthera who dedicated his life to protecting wild cat species. In this book following one of his most ambitious missions, he travels to the remote Hukaung Valley in Northern Myanmar in a bid to establish the world’s largest tiger reserve. The New York Times called him the “Indiana Jones of wildlife science”, and you can be sure this story is thrilling as Rabinowitz experiences treacherous terrain, plane crashes and hostile environments.
2. Tigers in the Snow b Peter Matthiesen, 2000
When the fall of the Soviet Union intensified poaching and habitat degradation in Russia, a group of Russian researchers and American wildlife biologists joined forces to stave off extinction. This is Matthiessen’s tale of what happened, delivered with his signature poetic touch which, we think, is truly fit for a tiger.
3. Tigers and Tigerwallahs by Jim Corbett, Valmik Thapar, Billy Arjan Singh, 2002
Made up of four books, Tigers and Tigerwallahs chronicles the struggle to save tigers from extinction – told largely in the words of some of the world’s most dedicated tiger protectors. Four books, all about saving tigers… what more could you want?
4. The Tiger by John Valliant, 2010
The Tiger follows three characters: a poacher killed by a tiger, the lead tracker searching for the tiger, and the tiger himself. Set in the wilds of Eastern Russia, ultimately this beautifully written and informative story is about the ancient, sometimes tenuous relationship between humans and nature.
5. Living with Tigers by Vlamik Thapar, 2016
At the age of 23, city boy Valmik Thapar went to Ranthambore National Park in India. There he met his first tigers, and the experience had a profound effect on him. For the next forty years he dedicated his life to studying nearly 200 tigers in the area, spending every waking moment with them. Sounds like our kind of heaven...