Beyond the Last Village: A Journey Of Discovery In Asia's Forbidden Wilderness

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Island Press, Apr 17, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In 1993, Alan Rabinowitz, called "the Indiana Jones" of wildlife science by The New York Times, arrived for the first time in the country of Myanmar, known until 1989 as Burma, uncertain of what to expect. Working under the auspices of the Wildlife Conservation Society, his goal was to establish a wildlife research and conservation program and to survey the country's wildlife. He succeeded beyond all expectations, not only discovering a species of primitive deer completely new to science but also playing a vital role in the creation of Hkakabo Razi National Park, now one of Southeast Asia's largest protected areas.Beyond the Last Village takes the reader on a journey of exploration, danger, and discovery in this remote corner of the planet at the southeast edge of the Himalayas where tropical rain forest and snow-covered mountains meet. As we travel through this "lost world" -- a mysterious and forbidding region isolated by ancient geologic forces -- we meet the Rawang, a former slave group, the Taron, a solitary enclave of the world's only pygmies of Asian ancestry, and Myanmar Tibetans living in the furthest reaches of the mountains. We enter the territories of strange, majestic-looking beasts that few people have ever heard of and fewer have ever seen -- golden takin, red goral, blue sheep, black barking deer. The survival of these ancient species is now threatened, not by natural forces but by hunters with snares and crossbows, trading body parts for basic household necessities.The powerful landscape and unique people the author befriends help him come to grips with the traumas and difficulties of his past and emerge a man ready to embrace the world anew. Interwoven with his scientific expedition in Myanmar, and helping to inform his understanding of the people he met and the situations he encountered, is this more personal journey of discovery.
  

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User Review  - ammurphy - LibraryThing

Author explored remote northern myanmar (former Burma) with grudging permission from government. Finds new species and some self discovery. Strangely relates to other books recently read: The Spirit Catches, Three cups of Tea Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

While quite similar in many respects to "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Mathiessen, this book only touches on the religions of this region and focuses instead on wildlife policy, management and field work ... Read full review

Contents

Tarnished Golden Land
5
CHAPTER
13
Gateway to the North
25
CHAPTER 5
45
Into the Triangle
61
Savage Land
71
CHAPTER
89
CHAPTER 9
101
Child of Beyond
179
Back into the World
187
Genetic Fingerprints
203
The Mysterious Leaf Deer
213
The Ghost Valley
231
Through the Looking Glass
247
The Return
259
Epilogue
273

Lost Tribes of Tibet
123
Pygmies of the Adung Wang Valley
135
The Last Village
147
Touching the Snow
165
Acknowledgments
279
Index
291
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Alan Rabinowitz is Director of the Science and Exploration Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society based in the Bronx, New York. He is a frequent contributor to Natural History and is the author of two previous books: Jaguar (Island Press, 2000) and Chasing the Dragon's Tail (Doubleday, 1991).

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