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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Here and there we found sheep horns , sometimes just a single hollow horn , at other times a complete skull . I measured each find and noted that horn growth is impressively rapid . By the age of a year and a half a ram may have 15 ...
Sweeping up and back like scimitars , are thinly elegant horns over forty inches long . Seeing such magnificent beasts , it is difficult to remember that they are the probable ancestors of our domestic goats .
They showed me trophies with both types of horn to emphasize their veracity . And they even had a trophy with one horn of each type . Then we went on to Gishk , a massif with a sheer escarpment just south of Koh - i - Maran .
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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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