The great soul of Siberia: in search of the elusive Siberian tiger.

The great soul of Siberia: in search of the elusive Siberian tiger. Sooyong Park.

London: Harper Collins Publishers, 2016. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs, black and white illustrations, maps.

Mysterious and elusive, and with only 350 remaining in the wild, the Siberian tiger remains a complete enigma. Sooyong Park has spent twenty years tracking and observing these elusive tigers. Each year he spends six months braving sub-zero temperatures, buried in grave-like underground bunkers, fearlessly immersing himself in the lives of Siberian tigers. As he watches the brutal, day-to-day struggle to survive the harsh landscape, threatened by poachers and the disappearance of the pristine habitat, Park becomes emotionally and spiritually attached to these beautiful and deadly predators. No one has ever been this close: as he comes face-to-face with one tiger, Bloody Mary, her fierce determination to protect her cubs nearly results in his own bloody demise.
Poignant, poetic and fiercely compassionatethis book is the incredible story of Park's unique obsession with these compelling animals on the very brink of extinction, and his dangerous quest to seek them out to observe and study them. Eloquently told in Park's distinctive voice, it is a personal account of one of the most extraordinary wildlife studies ever undertaken.

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