On October 3rd, Island Press will published a new book entitled 'Tibet Wild: A Naturalist’s Journeys on the Roof of the World', written by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller. As one of the world’s leading field biologists, Dr. 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, including snow leopards, 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 witnessed 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.
Learn more about the snow leopard.
Learn about Dr. Schaller's Tibet Wild book lecture at the 92Y on February 3, 2013.
Read about Panthera’s Snow Leopard Conservation Program.
Watch this Indianapolis Prize video on Dr. Schaller’s snow leopard conservation work.