Creatures great and small

The diversity in India's ecosystems is evident. Yet, there is not only a marked lack of awareness but also apathy for such treasures in the wild. One way of sensitizing the people towards the need - indeed duty - to conserve what is left is through easy-to-read yet informative books.

By Uddalak Mukherjee
  • Published 8.06.18
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The diversity in India's ecosystems is evident. Yet, there is not only a marked lack of awareness but also apathy for such treasures in the wild. One way of sensitizing the people towards the need - indeed duty - to conserve what is left is through easy-to-read yet informative books.

Tim Wrey's WILDLIFE GREAT AND SMALL OF INDIA'S COROMANDEL ( Earthcare, Rs 950), balancing well-researched text with images and rather radiant illustrations, is an example.What is particularly impressive is Wrey's attention to species great and small that are a part of this verdant stretch of land. A dizzying variety of species - mammals, reptiles, birds and even lice! - jostle for attention on these pages that have been made attractive by line drawings by a team of gifted illustrators. The inclusion of Wikimedia images come as a disappointment though.