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Chasing the Dragon's Tail: The Struggle to Save Thailand's Wild Cats
by Alan Rabinowitz
Island Press, 2002
Paper: 978-1-55963-980-4 | eISBN: 978-1-59726-944-5
Library of Congress Classification QL737.C23R32 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 333.9541609593


In 1987, zoologist Alan Rabinowitz was invited by the Thai government to study leopards, tigers, and other wildlife in the Huai Kha Khaeng valley, one of Southeast Asia's largest and most prized forests. It was hoped his research would help protect the many species that live in that fragile reserve, which was being slowly depleted by poachers, drug traffickers, and even the native tribes of the area. Chasing the Dragon's Tail is the remarkable story of Rabinowitz's life and adventures in the forest as well as the streets of Bangkok, as he works to protect Thailand's threatened wildlife.

Based on Rabinowitz's field journals, the book offers an intimate and moving look at a modern zoologist's life in the field. As he fights floods, fire-ant infestations, elephant stampedes, and a request to marry the daughter of a tribal chief, the difficulties that come with the demanding job of species conservation are dramatically brought to life. First published in 1991, this edition of Chasing the Dragon's Tail includes a new afterword by the author that brings the story up to date, describing the surprising strides Thailand has made recently in conservation.

Other titles by Alan Rabinowitz include Beyond the Last Village and Jaguar.

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