286 pages, 16 plates wtih colour photos
The gripping account of one man's determination to discover, film, and understand one of the rarest and most formidable big cats in the world.
In The Great Soul of Siberia, renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks three generations of Siberian tigers living in remote south-eastern Russia. He sets up underground bunkers to observe the tigers, living thrillingly close to these beautiful but dangerous apex predators.
Park draws from twenty years of experience and research to focus on the Siberian tigers' losing battle against poaching and diminishing habitat. Over the two years of his harrowing stakeout, Park's poignant and poetic observations of the tigers draw a fiercely compassionate portrait of these elusive, endangered creatures.
Please note: this book is published in Canada by Greystone Books under the title Great Soul of Siberia: Passion, Obsession, and One Man's Quest for the World's Most Elusive Tiger.
"Sooyong's magical prose led me into little-known and breathtakingly beautiful forests, exposed me to the bitter cold of long winter months, and revealed the secret life of that most mysterious of cats, the Siberian tiger."
– Jane Goodall
"A triumph of nature writing; an original and authentic voice from the wilderness."
– Jonathan and Angela Scott
"The most intimate, poetic and immersive investigation of the Siberian tiger ever written."
– John Vaillant, author of The Tiger and The Jaguar's Children
"A beautifully patient, deep-textured exploration of an unknown part of the world and its ancient guardian, the majestic Amur tiger, by a wonderfully empathetic naturalist."
– Ruth Padel, author of Tigers in Red Weather
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An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sooyong Park has devoted over twenty years to studying and filming Siberian tigers. His projects have covered areas such as the Maritime Province of Russia, Manchuria in China, the North Korean border with China, and Taebaek Mountains range in South Korea. A film about him, Siberian Tiger Quest, aired on PBS and won Best Cinematography (a tie) at the 2013 International Wildlife Film Festival. He lives in Seoul, Korea.