Wanderings of a Naturalist in India: The Western Himalayas and Cashmere
Andrew Leith Adams (Author)
Description-A newly typeset edition of a work now long out of print and difficult to obtain -A fascinating read for all with an interest in the ecology and history of the Subcontinent India is home to one of the richest and most diverse populations of wildlife of any territory on earth, including big cats, many species of deer, the Indian elephant, the rhinoceros and a great multitude of reptiles and birds. At the beginning of the British Raj (1858) Indian wildlife populations were largely intact - with up to 100,000 tigers in the territory alone. The following 100 years saw this rich heritage greatly depleted. A swelling native population and British big game hunting wreaked havoc on all Indian wildlife. By the mid-20th century the tiger population was reduced to less than 2,000 animals and other important species were extinct. Recent Indian and international efforts have attempted to arrest or reverse the damage and today India hosts some 515 wildlife sanctuaries and 18 biosphere reserves. This volume, aside from being a fascinating historical travelogue, presents a sampling of Indian wildlife in the mid-19th century, prior to the devastation that was to follow.
November 12, 2019
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About the Author
Andrew Leith Adams (1827-1882) was a Scottish army physician who served in the 22nd Infantry Regiment in India, in addition to service in Kashmir, Malta, Gibraltar and Canada. In his spare time he studied the natural history of the countries to which he was deployed. Following his retirement from the army he lectured on natural history at Trinity College, Dublin and Queen's College, Cork. He was elected a member of the Royal Society in 1872 and his work was commemorated in the naming of the Black-winged Snowfinch, Montifringilla adamsii.