A great way to introduce 8-12 year-old children to the importance of wildlife conservation through beautifully illustrated stories
By R. D. Dikstra
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- A great way to introduce 8-12 year-old children to the importance of wildlife conservation through beautifully illustrated stories.
- Always amusing with a vital message as a foundation.
- Written by a conservation expert with decades of experience.
Tigeropolis, a vast tiger reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas, is home to a family of vegetarian tigers – tiger cubs Bittu, older sister Matti, their mother Tala and Uncle Raj. For years, they’ve hidden from humans deep in the forest and have adopted a very modern lifestyle – they don’t hunt, they don’t roar, they live in a snug cave, furnished with things they have found in the local dump including a comfy sofa, a TV and even access to the Internet.
Their pleasant lifestyle is interrupted when they are forced to reappear. Tigeropolis is threatened with closure – people have stopped coming – they don’t believe there are any tigers left to see. The tigers know they need to reappear to encourage visitors to the park. Visitors will generate income and help keep the park (their home) open. But the humans meant to be running the park (the Forest Guards, Mr Mistry and his assistant Akash) prefer sitting in their guard-house drinking tea and eating chocolate cake. The tigers take it upon themselves to run
About the Author
Richard Dikstra is passionate about travel and wildlife having visited all seven continents and some 40-plus countries. His interest in wildlife started on a week-long trip on a cabin cruiser in Alaska’s Inside Passage surrounded by humpback and orca whales. Since that first trip he has, amongst other things, trekked in China in search of pandas, sat with mountain gorillas, camped out in the Canadian tundra watching polar bears, helped save a wounded water buffalo in Swaziland and visited nomadic reindeer herders in Russian’s Chukotka Peninsula.
A keen traveller and wildlife enthusiast, he helped found pioneering travel company Discovery Initiatives, and since 2000 he has been a shareholder and Non-Executive Director of specialist luxury travel operator Steppes Group. In 2010 he produced the First TOFT Tiger Tourism Awards in Delhi – the event is now an established feature in the tiger conservation calendar – and a year later, in 2011, Richard helped set up citizen science site ‘Tiger Nation’.
He wrote the first Tigeropolis book in 2015, inspired by his first ever sighting of a tiger in the wild. The second book was published the following year. The audio book of Tigeropolis is narrated by Richard E Grant and Belle Media produced a tie-in Tigeropolis video game, available on Apple TV and iTunes. Richard also found time to write a lively comic strip series for Hull City football club (‘Tigers’), based on his Tigeropolis characters.
Title: Tigeropolis – Caught in the trap
Author: R D Dikstra
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s
Publisher: Belle Kids
Publication date: April 15th 2019
Availability: Paperback, eBook
Number of pages: 176
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8
Author website: www.tigeropolis.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ RDDikstrabooks
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