A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Oct 28, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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For more than fifty years, explorer-naturalist George Schaller has been on a mission: to save the world's great wild beasts and their environments. In this compelling biography, illustrated with Schaller's own striking photographs, Pamela S. Turner examines the amazing life and groundbreaking work of the man International Wildlife calls "the world's foremost field biologist." Schaller's landmark research revolutionalized field biology, demonstrating that it is possible to study dangerous animals in their own habitats: mountain gorillas in Central Africa, predatory tigers in India, mysterious snow leopards in the Himalayas, and many others. His insights about species and environment led him to successfully advocate for the protection of over 190,000 square miles of wilderness around the world – an area the size of Spain.

Packed with grand adventure, intriguing science, dramatic photographs, and Schaller's own breathtaking descriptions of the natural world and the animals who live in it, this full-color biography brilliantly captures the spirit and passion of George Schaller's unusual – and inspiring – life in the wild.

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PAMELA S. TURNER is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes, an ALA Notable Book and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. She lives in Oakland, California.

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