Natural History and the Indian Army by Jivanayakam Cyril DanielNatural History and the Indian Army by Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel

Natural History and the Indian Army

EditorJivanayakam Cyril Daniel, Baljit Singh

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

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This collection of articles by officers of the Indian Army records the contributions of the Army to natural history over a period of more than two hundred years. It builds on the premise that the study of the Indian subcontinent's natural history was more or less the exclusive preserve ofthese officers. Beginning with the fading years of the eighteenth century, the natural history - inclined officers of the Indian Army studied the flora and fauna, particularly the fauna, in their leisure hours and became experts on it. Their findings were recorded in various journals in the U.K.,and after 1886 mainly in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society.A valuable feature of this book is a pamphlet (the twenty-fifth article in the collection) sent to the Indian Government by the Army through the Society by Lieutenant Colonel Burton, which drew the attention of the former to the dire need to conserve the country's wildlife, and in due course saw theformation of the Indian Board for Wildlife. The book is thus a tribute to this remarkable aspect of the Indian Army which, apart from fighting in the field, fought a battle to conserve the country's wonderful and almost incomparable natural heritage spread over a zoogeographical area over thirty degrees of latitude encompassing almost everytype of climate met with in the world.
Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel is a renowned Indian naturalist, and the author of several acclaimed books on birds, mammals, and reptiles. Baljit Singh is a retired Lieutenant General in the Indian Army.
Title:Natural History and the Indian ArmyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:195 pages, 12.01 × 9.61 × 0.03 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198064500

ISBN - 13:9780198064503


Table of Contents

Exploration and Documentation of Indian Natural HistoryBaljit Singh: 'Contributions by Indian Army Officers 1778-2002'K.R. Kirtikar: 'The Strychnine Tree Strychnos nux-vomica (Linn)'L.L. Fenton: 'The Kathiawar Lion'R.W. Burton: 'A History of Shikar in India'F. Wall: 'The Golden Tree-Snake (Chrysopelea ornata)'W.H. Evans: 'Butterflies of India'A.H.E. Mosse: 'The Panther as I have known him'R.W. Burton: 'Days and doings with my Bobbery-Pack'S.R. Tickell: 'On the Hornbills of India and Burmah'R.W. Burton: 'A Mahseer River of Southern India'R.W.G. Hingston: 'The Stinging Caterpillar (Euproctis icilia)'J.H. Williams: 'The Asian Elephant'Frank Wall: 'A Popular Treatise on the Common Indian snakes (The Cobra)'R.S.P. Bates: 'A Month in the Kazinag Range'F.B. Scott: 'Notes on Indian Hawkmoths'R.W. Burton: 'On the Banks of the Narmada'C. Jerdon: 'The Hunting Leopard (Acionyx jubatus)'G.S. Rodon: 'The Young of the Hunting Leopard'R.W. Burton: 'The Indian Wild Dog'Chas Swinhoe: 'On Mimicry in Butterflies for Protection'Osborn: 'Indian Sheep Dogs'C.G. Nurse: 'Natural History of Deesa (N. Gujarat): The Famine Years'R.G. Burton: 'The Tiger: The Natural History'R.K. Gaur: 'Birdwatching and Photography'R.W. Burton: 'Wild Life Preservation: India's Vanishing Asset'