Stones of Silence: Journeys in the Himalaya
Viking Press, 1980 - History - 292 pages
Schaller's account of his and others' long struggle to save the fascinating, increasingly rare wildlife of the Himalayas combines high adventure, close description, and scientific dedication
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One of these was the Chitral Gol, a valley belonging to the mehtar, just west of
Chitral town. The finest remaining herd of markhor goat in northern Pakistan was
said to inhabit this valley, and snow leopard were known to frequent it too.
Consulting a scrap of paper he read: "Drosh Gol— ten, Chinal Gol —fifteen,
Garhit Gol— ten, Bombret— twenty-five . . . Markhor too few now," he concluded.
To his total of 120 I added my own censuses of the Chitral Gol and Tushi
No snow leopard visited the Chitral Gol during the winter of 1973-74, and none
did so in 1974-75 either, according to a letter from Sher Panah. After that I did not
seek further news. Markhor may still scamper over the precipices of the Chitral ...
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