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

by Pamela S. Turner
 

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

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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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“Although Turner covers a lot of ground, including some fascinating behavioral science, she also tells the stories of individual animals.” —Natural History Magazine

“Turner's stirring portrait spotlights a scientist's invaluable contributions to animal study; the gritty, thrilling particulars of fieldwork; and the urgent necessity to protect wild creatures and their habitats.” —Starred, Booklist

“Taking young readers to the ends of the earth . . . Pamela S. Turner offers an absorbing introduction to a scientist in the field--and in the savannah, the forest, the mountains and any other remote animal habitat you can think of.” —Washington Post Book World

A Life in the Wild can obviously be used as an enrichment book, but it is far more than that . . .this is a wonderful book for kids to read to see that science is definitely not all done by Einstein-like caricatures in some messy lab.” —National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)

“Pamela S. Turner's A Life in the Wild is the only biography written for children (ages 10 and up) about this man on a mission.” —Wildlife Conservation Magazine

“Turner neatly blends lively accounts of Schaller's life in various wildernesses with wife and kids with more serious discussion of his work and seminal discoveries about animal behavior.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The writing is both clear and lively.” —School Library Journal

“This introduction to an environmental hero, the first for young readers, is timely and inspiring, and the endmatter appropriately includes suggestions for reader involvement in conservation activities. ” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Animal lovers and conservation-minded students will enjoy this excellent introduction to Schaller and his ideas. ” —VOYA

VOYA - Kim Zach
Perhaps no other scientist has done more for wildlife conservation than George Schaller. In 2006, he received the National Geographic Lifetime Achievement Award. Now in his seventies, Schaller continues to work on behalf of the animals he has championed for the past five decades. Early in his career, while observing the behavior of gorillas in the Congo, he disproved the notion that studying wild animals in their own environment was too risky for humans. Schaller's wife and two young sons even lived with him among the Serengeti lions and the tigers of India. His methods-persistence, patience, respect for the animal-transformed the way field biologists approached their research. In later years, he acted not only as scientist but also diplomat, convincing countries such as Nepal and Pakistan to protect their wildlife with national parks. In the 1980s, he worked in China with the World Wildlife Fund on the panda project. The author interviewed Schaller and had access to his photos, which allowed her to capture beautifully the spirit of Schaller's work. The book is organized chronologically, and each chapter covers a geographic area and the principal animals that Schaller studied there. The book ends with an overview of the current status of each animal and Schaller's most recent projects. Animal lovers and conservation-minded students will enjoy this excellent introduction to Schaller and his ideals. Readers are directed to Internet and multimedia sources, as well as book sources, many written by Schaller, such as Tibet's Hidden Wilderness: Wildlife and Nomads of the Chang Tang Reserve (Harry N. Abrams, 1997). Reviewer: Kim Zach
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

This inspiring biography chronicles the conservationist's studies of wildlife around the world. Schaller has spent his life counting, observing, and photographing wild animals, from mountain gorillas in Central Africa to snow leopards in Tibet, and providing data to encourage governments to protect their habitats. The book is arranged chronologically in chapters that intertwine vignettes of his contacts with individual animals with information about his research techniques. The writing is both clear and lively. The book ends with brief reports on progress in each of the areas where he worked. Schaller's own sharp color photos show readers the specific animals mentioned in the text. Helpful features include maps at the beginning of each chapter, suggestions for how to get involved, a list of Internet and multimedia resources, and an extensive bibliography. Fans of Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey will enjoy getting to know Schaller, who preceded these women in establishing observation as a way to study animals in the wild.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374345785
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
913,502
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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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