The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Author Simon & Schuster $19.5 (240p) ISBN 978-0-671-79965-6
This latest animal book from the author of The Hidden Life of Dogs will have ailurophiles purring. If she were a captive tiger, Thomas tells us that she'd prefer to be in a circus rather than a zoo--the big top is more stimulating. She compares the quality of life for captive animals in zoos and circuses, introduces circus tigers and their trainers and visits a tiger training school in northern Illinois. Thomas begins by defining cats as meat-eaters, all, then examines cat culture as it evolved to the present time. We meet Ruby, a domesticated puma, and several generations of barn and house cats. Thomas relates an astonishing tale about Bushmen and a pride of lions in the Kalahari Desert. But the most enthralling of her subjects in this thoroughly captivating book proves to be the tiger. Illustrations. 225,000 first printing; first serial to Atlantic Monthly; author tour. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1994
Release date: 08/01/1994
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 331 pages - 978-1-85695-092-3
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-684-80454-5
Hardcover - 331 pages - 978-0-7838-1169-7
Hardcover - 240 pages - 978-0-7881-5815-5
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