WWF does ''Tiger Talk''

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New Delhi, Feb 17 (PTI) Did you know that most tigershave more than hundred stripes, and no two tigers have thesame stripe pattern?

Such interesting facts about tigers alongwithexperience of people who are passionate about protecting thebig cat in the wild are part of a coffee table book, "TheTiger Talk", brought out by WWF India.

"Tiger Talk has a unique perspective. It looks attigers through the eyes of the people who truly love them -forest officers, forest guards, mahouts, conservationists,researchers and others who devote years and sometimes,lifetime for saving tigers. It celebrates these unsung heroes,along with the tigers," says Madhur Das, Director,Conservation Alliances, WWF India.

The book covers 12 stories from 12 different kinds ofpeople working with tigers in various tiger landscapes ofIndia including Kanha, Corbett, Sunderbans, Kaziranga, Periyarand Madulamai.

"It is designed as a coffee-table book and featuresphotographs of the unsung heroes in their environments, shotstylishly in black and white. The pictures are supported withengaging text and the use of arresting typography," says Das.

The book also features tiger photographs shot byrenowned wildlife photographers with interesting tiger factscomplementing them.

"There is a constant need for creative tools tosensitize people on tiger conservation. The uniqueness of thisbook is that it focuses on the people trying to save thesemagnificent animals," adds Das.

"With this unique effort, we wish to spread awarenessand sensitize the audience, opinion leaders and masses towardsthe protection of our national animal," she adds.

1411 is average estimate of India''s wild tigers, asper the monitoring exercise by Wildlife Institute of India inassociation with Government of India in 2008.

The book is part of World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF''s)campaign aimed at craeting awareness about saving the tigersand double their number by 2022.

It would be released on February 26th at an eventwhere a dinner and exhibition of exclusive ''Save the Tiger''paintings by the renowned artists like Anjolie Ela Menon,Satish Gujral and Yusuf Arrakal would be held.

The event will also launch of the premium WWF tigersignature watches for men and women to show that time isrunning out for the tiger and its future is in our hands.

"It is not just about saving a beautiful creature, itis also about saving the ecosystem. With such innovativeconcepts, we hope people take the message seriously and dotheir bit," says Das.

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