Blog Tour – Tigeropolis – Caught in the Trap, by Richard Dikstra

The Tigeropolis series is a great way to introduce 8-12 year-old children to the importance of wildlife conservation. The book contains 45 beautifully illustrated stories.

Caught In The Trap is an amusing and fun read, yet but has a very important message of conservation as a foundation.

You can clearly tell that the book has been written by a conservation expert with decades of experience.

The Tigeropolis series is inspired by the author’s first sighting of a tiger in the park featured in David Attenborough’s TV series ‘Dynasties’. Bandhavgarh National Park is the location of the Tiger episode in the popular, BBC television series.

Ollie loved reading this book. It was educational with a very serious message about the world and conservation, yet fun and entertaining at the same time. It’s a great addition to the series of books. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read and review.

About the book

Tigeropolis, a vast tiger reserve in the foothills of the Himalayas, is home to a family of vegetarian tigers – tiger cubs Bittu, older sister Matti, their mother Tala and Uncle Raj. For years, they’ve hidden from humans deep in the forest, adopting a modern lifestyle (they don’t hunt, they don’t roar and they live in a snug cave complete with a TV and Internet access!).

Their pleasant lifestyle is interrupted when they are forced to reappear. Tigeropolis is threatened with closure – people have stopped coming – they don’t believe there are any tigers left to see. The tigers know they need to reappear to encourage visitors to the park. Visitors will generate income and help keep the park (their home) open. But the humans ‘running’ the park prefer sitting in their guard-house drinking tea and eating chocolate cake. The tigers take it upon themselves to run the park, all the while ensuring that the humans never realise who is actually ‘pulling the strings’.

Caught in the Trap is the third in the series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone story.

About the author:

Richard Dikstra is passionate about travel and wildlife having visited all seven continents and some 40-plus countries. His interest in wildlife started on a week-long trip on a cabin cruiser in Alaska’s Inside Passage surrounded by humpback and orca whales. Since that first trip he has, amongst other things, trekked in China in search of pandas, sat with mountain gorillas, camped out in the Canadian tundra watching polar bears, helped save a wounded water buffalo in Swaziland and visited nomadic reindeer herders in Russian’s Chukotka Peninsula.

A keen traveller and wildlife enthusiast, he helped found pioneering travel company Discovery Initiatives, and since 2000 he has been a shareholder and Non-Executive Director of specialist travel operator Steppes Group. In 2010 he produced the First TOFT Tiger Tourism Awards in Delhi – the event is now an established feature in the tiger conservation calendar – and a year later, in 2011, Richard helped set up citizen science site ‘Tiger Nation’.

He wrote the first Tigeropolis book in 2015, inspired by his first ever sighting of a tiger in the wild. The second book was published the following year. The audio book of Tigeropolis is narrated by Richard E Grant and Belle Media produced a tie-in Tigeropolis video game, available on Apple TV and iTunes. Richard also found time to write a lively comic strip series for Hull City football club (‘Tigers’), based on his Tigeropolis characters.

Author website: www.tigeropolis.co.uk

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