Ruth Padel, who is best known as a poet, in Tigers in Red Weather travels through the countries where tigers live and those where they have recently become extinct. She meets the people who are involved in tiger conservation and discusses the situation around poaching, trade, deforestation and other issues threatening the future of the tiger. She also overcomes her own trepidation about adventurous hiking to climb into tiger territories to see the areas for herself.
This is a passionate and vividly described adventure but ultimately feels like a depressing exploration of one of our most beloved animal's last days.
Tigers in Red Weather by Ruth Padel, published by Abacus, £8.99.