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The Great Soul of Siberia
The Great Soul of Siberia: In Search of the Elusive Siberian Tiger | Sooyong Park
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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 Parke(tm)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 Parke(tm)s distinctive voice, it is a personal account of one of the most extraordinary wildlife studies ever undertaken.
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Sooyong Park spends months at a time in cramped bunkers dug in the wilderness of the Ussuri peninsula. But as a result, he gets to know generations of a Siberian tiger family, seeing them at play and hunting, and gets to know their individual personalities.
The writing is lovely and poetic and Park's perspective is unique due to the lengths he goes to in pursuit of footage and experience of these beautiful elusive creatures.

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Two ferocious predators #dogsoflitsy #tigersoflitsy

LeahBergen 😂 That sweet face! 5y
AmyG He does not look like a predator. ❤️ *the dog (edited) 5y
BookishTrish I love the look of the edition 5y
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