Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness / Edition 1

Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness / Edition 1

by Alan Rabinowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559638001

ISBN-13: 9781559638005

Pub. Date: 02/15/2003

Publisher: Island Press

<p>"A fascinating account of inner and outer exploration and discovery in one of the last remote regions of the world - sharp-eyed, insightful, candid, and well written. "Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopar.<p>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…  See more details below

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<p>"A fascinating account of inner and outer exploration and discovery in one of the last remote regions of the world - sharp-eyed, insightful, candid, and well written. "Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopar.<p>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.<p>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.<p>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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638005
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Author's NoteXIII
PrologueXV
Chapter 1Yangon, 19931
Chapter 2Tarnished Golden Land5
Chapter 3Of Rhinos and Sea-Gypsies13
Chapter 4Gateway to the North25
Chapter 5Last Prayers at Shwedagon43
Chapter 6Into the Triangle61
Chapter 7Savage Land71
Chapter 8For the Love of Salt89
Chapter 9In the Shadow of Hkakabo Razi101
Chapter 10Lost Tribes of Tibet123
Chapter 11Pygmies of the Adung Wang Valley135
Chapter 12The Last Village147
Chapter 13Touching the Snow165
Chapter 14Child of Beyond179
Chapter 15Back into the World187
Chapter 16Genetic Fingerprints203
Chapter 17The Mysterious Leaf Deer213
Chapter 18The Ghost Valley231
Chapter 19Through the Looking Glass247
Chapter 20The Return259
Epilogue273
Acknowledgments279
Selected Bibliography283
Index291

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