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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Journeys in the Himalaya. through knee-deep snow. High above we saw ibex
tracks, but no sign of the animals themselves. We ate our lunch, a lean meal of
dry bread, while stamping our feet to keep warm, and then it was time to return
like the drab-brown ibex males of Europe, the Asiatic ibex is strikingly adorned
with a grizzled white face, a silver saddle, and white rump which contrast with the
rest of his dark pelage. As I watched the animals the last wisps of cloud withdrew.
I spent the next two days hiking leisurely along the glacier looking for ibex, and
found forty-nine. Taking the whole upper drainage of the Braldo, an area of at
least 500 square miles, there were perhaps no more than a hundred ibex at this ...
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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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