Stones of Silence: Journeys in the Himalaya
Over a period of six years, Dr. Schaller explored the awesome Himalays in order to study the fascinating but increasingly rare wild life of the area and to determine what locations would make good reserves and national parks. Just as the outside influences of the last quarter century are taking their toll of the wildlife of the region, so are they changing the culture of the people who have lived there for centuries. High adventure, introspection, observation, and discovery are a part of this story.
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Lammergeier are known to carry bones high up into the air , then drop them onto rocks so as to obtain marrow from the shattered fragments . Almost daily I presented the snow leopard with a fresh goat , enticing her to remain in the area ...
More of it survived at Karambar Pass , the Wakhis told us , and we arranged for three horses to carry our equipment upriver at dawn ; I could have hired a horse for myself too but I preferred to walk - it is impossible to observe things ...
Unlike other wildlife , these feral creatures had an apparent defect in their social mechanisms that lowered the carrying capacity of their habitat by concentrating them in some places , which became quickly denuded of vegetation .
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I'd never heard of Schaller before but wanted to read it because it concern the same 1970s trip Peter Matthiessen was on when he wrote The Snow Leopard. Apparently Schaller was at the time considered ... Read full review
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