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There are five races of tiger on our planet and all but one live in tropical regions: the Siberian Tiger Panthera tigris altaica is the exception. Mysterious and elusive, and with only 350 remaining in the wild, the Siberian tiger remains a complete enigma. One man has set out to change this.
Sooyong Park has spent twenty years tracking and observing these elusive tigers. Each year he spends six months braving sub-zero temperatures, buried in grave-like underground bunkers, fearlessly immersing himself in the lives of Siberian tigers. As he watches the brutal, day-to-day struggle to survive the harsh landscape, threatened by poachers and the disappearance of the pristine habitat, Park becomes emotionally and spiritually attached to these beautiful and deadly predators. No one has ever been this close: as he comes face-to-face with one tiger, Bloody Mary, her fierce determination to protect her cubs nearly results in his own bloody demise.
Poignant, poetic and fiercely compassionate, The Great Soul of Siberia is the incredible story of Park’s unique obsession with these compelling creatures on the very brink of extinction, and his dangerous quest to seek them out to observe and study them. Eloquently told in Park’s distinctive voice, it is a personal account of one of the most extraordinary wildlife studies ever undertaken.
This is a beautiful book. Park's writing made it feel as though I was actually there, and makes it feel all the more real. Despite essentially telling the end of 'the story' at the beginning (which in some books could spoil it, in this one it only makes it feel even more special), it is a gripping read, and without ruining the ending it really provides an insight into the lives of these tigers, and the dangers and troubles they face. Through some extremely detailed prose Park takes you on a journey through the lives of these tigers, gripping you at every corner. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, but be careful when reading the last few chapters!