George Schaller, a pre-eminent field biologist who was named a Time magazine Hero of the Environment, has conducted research and conservation work in 23 countries on four continents during the past 60 years. While his fieldwork includes locations from Alaska to India and from Central Africa to Brazil, he has an enduring passion for China and the countries bordering it, where he has spent more than three decades. During this time, he has rediscovered the Tibet red deer, which was thought to be extinct, traced the Tibetan antelope to its hidden birthing grounds, uncovered the slaughter of these animals for their shahtoosh wool, and fought for the establishment of several protected areas. As he has watched this part of the world change over three decades, Schaller has become intimately familiar with how global threats like climate change and development affect places even as remote as the Tibetan Plateau of China. In addition, his work has allowed him to spend years exploring one of the harshest terrains on the planet. His travels are dotted not only by wildlife sightings, but also by mountains, rivers, and mud, all of which he meets with a heartfelt enthusiasm for the natural world.
George Schaller is vice president of Panthera and a senior conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, both organizations based in New York, as well as adjunct professor with the Center of Nature and Society at Peking University in China. He has explored many remote corners of the planet, conducted wildlife research and conservation work in over twenty countries, and is a prolific author. Spending most of his time in the field in Asia, Africa, and South America, Schaller has done seminal studies and helped protect some of the planet’s most iconic animals. These range from mountain gorillas in the present Democratic Republic of the Congo, tigers in India, lions in Tanzania, and jaguars in Brazil, to giant pandas and wildlife on the Tibetan Plateau in China, and snow leopards and various wild sheep and goats in the Himalaya of Nepal and Pakistan. This work has been the basis for his scientific and popular writings, including 16 books, among them The Year of the Gorilla, The Deer and the Tiger, The Serengeti Lion (a National Book Award winner), The Last Panda, A Naturalist and other Beasts, and Tibet Wild. He has also helped to establish about a dozen protected areas in various countries. With his wife Kay a close colleague in the field, they raised their two sons while on projects in various countries.
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