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Tibet Wild

A Naturalist's Journeys on the Roof of the World

Schaller, George B.

2012, X, 390 p.

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  • An important new book from preeminent field biologist and National Book Award-winning author George Schaller
  • The first book to detail Schaller's work in Tibet and Western China, over 30 years of his career
  • Provides an inside look at the life and work of a field biologist in one of the most remote, wild, and magnificent regions of the world

As one of the world’s leading field biologists, George Schaller has spent much of his life traversing wild and isolated places in his quest to understand and conserve threatened species—from mountain gorillas in the Virunga to pandas in the Wolong and snow leopards in the Himalaya. Throughout his celebrated career, Schaller has spent more time in Tibet than in any other part of the world, devoting more than thirty years to the wildlife, culture, and landscapes that captured his heart and continue to compel him to protect them.

Tibet Wild is Schaller’s account of three decades of exploration in the most remote stretches of Tibet: the wide, sweeping rangelands of the Chang Tang and the hidden canyons and plunging ravines of the southeastern forests. As engaging as he is enlightening, Schaller illustrates the daily struggles of a field biologist trying to traverse the impenetrable Chang Tang, discover the calving grounds of the chiru or Tibetan antelope, and understand the movements of the enigmatic snow leopard.

As changes in the region accelerated over the years, with more roads, homes, and grazing livestock, Schaller watched the clash between wildlife and people become more common—and more destructive. Thus what began as a purely scientific endeavor became a mission: to work with local communities, regional leaders, and national governments to protect the unique ecological richness and culture of the Tibetan Plateau.

Whether tracking brown bears, penning fables about the tiny pika, or promoting a conservation preserve that spans the borders of four nations, Schaller has pursued his goal with a persistence and good humor that will inform and charm readers.  Tibet Wild is an intimate journey through the changing wilderness of Tibet, guided by the careful gaze and unwavering passion of a life-long naturalist.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Chiru - Conservation - Tibetan Plateau - Wildlife preserve - Yak

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Climate Change Impact - Ecology - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

Introduction

Chapter 1. A Covenant with Chiru

Chapter 2. Riddle of the Calving Ground

Chapter 3. The Longest Walk

Chapter 4. A Deadly Fashion

Chapter 5. A Gift to the Spirit

Chapter 6. The Good Pika

Chapter 7. Chang Tang Traverse

Chapter 8. Feral Naturalist

Chapter 9. Two Mountains and a River

Chapter 10. Into the Hidden Land

Chapter 11. Tibetan Wild Sheep Scandal

Chapter 12. Wild Icon of the Pamirs

Chapter 13. A Bear in the House

Chapter 14. The Snow Leopard

Selected References

Index.

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