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Book Title: Tibet's Hidden Wilderness: Wildlife and Nomads of the Chang Tang Reserve|
The author of the book: George B. Schaller
ISBN 13: 9780810938939
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 382 KB
Date of issue: October 1st 1997
Read full description of the books:Tibet's Chang Tang ("Northern Plain") is a vast, remote area where ice-capped peaks soar over windswept steppe and arid plains. Its southern reaches are home to nomadic herders, but most of the region is the exclusive domain of a unique community of spectacular and rare mammals - such as wild yak and Tibetan antelope - most of which have seldom been seen, much less studied. For years, world-renowned wildlife biologist George Schaller longed to explore the Chang Tang, but Tibet's doors were closed. Finally, in 1988, Schaller became the first Westerner permitted to enter this uninhabited region. He sought to answer many basic questions about these unstudied animals. Largely as a result of the work of Schaller and his local colleagues, the Chinese government has set aside more than 125,000 square miles of this high-altitude terrain as a reserve - the second largest in the world. Profusely illustrated with Schaller's haunting photographs, Tibet's Hidden Wilderness is a unique record of one of the earth's most remote and least-known regions. It introduces us to the Chang Tang's majestic landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and traditional nomadic society and concludes with a hopeful plan that would allow the people and animals there to continue to live in harmony.
Read information about the authorGeorge Beals Schaller (born 1933) is an American mammalogist, biologist, conservationist and author. Schaller is recognized by many as the world's preeminent field biologist, studying wildlife throughout Africa, Asia and South America. Born in Berlin, Schaller grew up in Germany, but moved to Missouri as a teen. He is vice president of Panthera Corporation and serves as chairman of their Cat Advisory Council along with renowned conservationist and Panthera CEO Alan Rabinowitz. Schaller is also a senior conservationist at the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society.
Schaller's work in conservation has resulted in the protection of large stretches of area in the Amazon, Brazil, the Hindu Kush in Pakistan, and forests in Southeast Asia. Due in part to Schaller's work, over 20 parks or preserves worldwide have been established, including Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the Shey-Phoksundo National Park in Nepal, and the Changtang Nature Reserve in Tibet, one of the world's most significant wildlife refuges. At over 200,000 miles (320,000 km), the Chang Tang Nature Reserve was called "One of the most ambitious attempts to arrest the shrinkage of natural ecosystems," by The New York Times.
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