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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Although the naturalist Peter Pallas carefully distinguished snow leopard from common leopard in 1779 , accounts nearly two hundred years later still said little more about the cat's habits than that it moves seasonally up and down the ...
Later , we spotted the tip of a Marco Polo sheep horn protruding from the snow . It was a fine head measuring 512 inches in length , and a count of the horn rings revealed that the animal had been seven years old when it died .
Three days later we were back at Sost , ready to proceed by car to Khunjerab Pass . Khunjerab is a Wakhi word meaning Valley of Blood , so named because of the fearful toll it exacted of animals and men . No Westerner penetrated the ...
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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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