384 pages, 6 x 9
32 color photos, 9 maps, 2 tables
Release Date:03 Oct 2012

Tibet Wild

A Naturalist’s Journey on the Roof of the World

Island Press
Tibet Wild follows Dr. Schaller’s expeditions to the Tibetan Plateau from 1984 until the present day. Dr. Schaller’s exploration of different aspects of the wildlife and culture of the region show how the growth of permanent houses, roads, fences, and other structures on the Tibetan Plateau is impacting wildlife and human communities. Woven through each chapter is the idea that education as well as partnerships between government, religious groups, and conservation organizations are the best hope for protecting unique wildlife and landscapes into the future. The book includes an inside look at Schaller’s current and possibly most ambitious project: the creation of the Pamir International Peace Park at the junction of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and Tajikistan.

Over the course of his 50-year career, Dr. George B. Schaller has become known as one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation. He has led seminal studies on, and helped protect, some of the planet’s most endangered and iconic animals ranging from the mountain gorilla in present Democratic Republic of the Congo, snow leopards in Mongolia, giant pandas in China, tigers in India, and wild sheep and goats of the Himalaya. These animals have been the basis for his scientific and popular writings, including 16 books, among them The Year of the Gorilla, The Last Panda, and Tibet’s Hidden Wilderness. He won a National Book Award in 1973 for The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations.

Dr. Schaller currently serves as the Vice President of Panthera and is a Senior Conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. In collaboration with Chinese and Tibetan scientists, Dr. Schaller has worked for nearly two decades studying and developing conservation initiatives for the snow leopard, Tibetan antelope, and wild yak, among other species. His most recent conservation projects have been based in Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Iran and Tajikistan.

Over the years, he has accrued a variety of international wildlife conservation awards, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan’s International Cosmos Prize, the China Environmental Prize, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Geographic Society’s Adventure magazine.

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