By: Prakash Thosre(Author)
100 pages, colour photos, colour maps
"During the past ten years or so there has been a substantial increase in wildlife tourism especially in the forty three sanctuaries and six l\lational Parks of Maharashtra, India. Wildlife enthusiasts from other states and from other countries have started
thronging the wilderness areas of Maharashtra. Hence I thought of coming out with this English version to complement my earlier Marathi version.
During last decade we have noticed an elephant herd across border of Karnataka and a herd of wild water buffaloes across Chhattisgarh border. Also in the western ghat the presence of Slender Loris and Brown Palm Civet is recorded. They all, along
with some elusive lesser cats, are included in this book. Animals from serial number 1 to 32 (see table next page) are those whose viable population still exists in the wilderness of Maharashtra (shown in green in the index). They are serially arranged; herbivores first, then omnivores followed by carnivores. An attempt has also been made in each category to arrange them by weight; lightest animals appearing first. Those at serial numbers 33 to 37 are the ones who are threatened (shown in orange ). At serial numbers 38 to 42 are the animals in the red zone who have perhaps breafted their last in Maharashtra. The Schedule numbers indicated on each page refer to the Schedule of Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Wild animals listed in Schedule I and II are
extremeIy threatened and hunting them attracts severe punishment.
While in the jungle keep your eyes, ears and nose open and mouth shut and you may be suitably rewarded. Wild animals are indeed wild. So do not go obsessed with the idea of seeing only a particular animal. Enjoy the ambience of the wilderness. I hope wildlife enthusiasts find the book useful, and those on way of becoming enthusiasts get the final impetus to go over the hump."
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