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John Saeki’s The Last Tigers of Hong Kong

Posted: May 31st, 2022 | No Comments »

John Saeki’s The Tiger Hunters of Tai-O was a great novel and now Saeki has followed it up with a non-fiction account of tigers in Hong Kong….The Last Tigers of Hong Kong from Blacksmith Books….

Tigers came to Hong Kong. They preyed on pigs, chickens, cattle and deer. They sometimes killed people. They came to Hong Kong most years through to the end of the 1950s, and possibly into the 1960s. As long as there were South China tigers in the wild, Hong Kong saw some of them.

They stopped coming when they were on their way to extinction in their homeland across the border. Not many people know this, and not many people believe it to be true. But it is true, tigers came. And this is the first written history of the Hong Kong tiger.

There’s also a great interview with Saeki on the RTHK3 Hong Kong Heritage podcast – here

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