Tiger Haven Hardcover – 12 July 1973
|Hardcover, 12 July 1973||
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In 1945, Billy had received a large farm 750 acres (Jasbirnagar) at PALLIA near the Nepalese border. Now in May 1959, he was looking for another spot surrounded by forest and wildlife. His offer to this area was accepted, at the junction of SEHELI and NEORA rivers. He hired men and started clearing the area and built solid buildings for farm houses. He dug a well and made roads. Floods were common and snakes were everywhere. He built a summer-house (PINCHA's BAR) to observe the wildlife. He would run, in the mornings for an hour and then do his weight lifting. He called the new house -"TIGER HAVEN", in the memory of his elder brother. During monsoons, for 4 months, he would move back to Jasbirnagar. Billy enjoyed his freedom.
Spread of cultivation had destroyed most of the wildlife in this district of KHERI. Guns issued for crop protection where used for poaching. Having no response from authorities, Billy started saving the swamp deer, at GHOLA, by setting up a Sanctuary around his farm. This was called 'DUDHWA', 82.2sq miles. In the open area, Billy built a 'machan' (platform) to observe the wildlife. Over the years, he had kept many spotted deer (chital) as pets. Many blackbucks and tigers were shot by hunters around the 'Tiger Haven' area. Shooting was banned in India in 1969. Billy had been observing the tigers in the sanctuary through powerful tiger scent on grass or tree and following their huge pug marks. The awe-inspiring sound of male tiger "A-ooo-nh", at night, announces his territory. Tiger's power is extra-ordinary. He may drag a prey which 10 people would find difficult. Man-eater is usually a tigress and she is usually made to be so. Billy is asked to kill 3 man-eaters few miles from 'Tiger Haven'.
Billy knew 3 leopards around 'Tiger Haven'. Leopards main enemy is of-course man, tiger and wild dogs. Billy used to come across sloth bears, none ever charged him. Wild dogs around the farm chased a leopard up a tree. After 1947, Billy acquired a female elephant -'BHAGWAN PIARI'. In 1971, he adopted a male leopard cub, to add to his dog and 2 female rhesus monkeys. Billy made a tree house (LEOPARD HAVEN) for his leopard. He realised the 'Dudhwa Sanctuary' was only in name and there was no help to look after the forests or the wildlife, so he had to patrol alone. Billy had laid aside his rifle and took up a camera in 1965, starting photographing tigers. Unfortunately, in 1972, some American guests killed all the males Billy knew. When WWF came to film at 'Tiger Haven', tigress were found trapped in the forest traps. He continued to feed the tigers, tying out baits. He felt there was no political or bureaucratic will to save the wildlife against increasing human population.
This is an excellent story of one man's attempt to save the Indian wildlife with no support from his country. Read his biography by Duffy Hart-Davis, 2005, -HONORARY TIGER.
Other books by Billy Arjan Singh are:-
(1) Prince of Cats, 1982
(2) Tara - a Tigress, 1983
(3) Tiger Tiger, 1984
(4) Eelie and Big Cats, 1987
(5) Legend of the Man-eater, 1993
(6) The Tiger Story, 2000
(7) Tiger and Tigerwallahs, 2002
(8) Watching India's Wildlife, 2004
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.