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A Life in the Wild: George Schallerís Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

by Pamela S. Turner

Published by Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
103 pages
ISBN: 978-0-374-34578-5

Age 10 and older

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A boxed summary of George Schallerís career by the numbers that appears near the end of this fascinating look at the work (to-date) of this wildlife scientist and conservationist is mind-boggling: 54,700 photographs taken; 36,600 notebook pages of data and observations recorded; 195 scientific and popular articles and 16 books written. Heís conducted original research on a dazzling variety of animals, including gorillas, tigers, lions, snow leopards, pandas, antelopes and more in 25 countries around the world over nearly five decades. This man who has lived and worked among wild animals most of his adult life has never been injured on the job. Schaller was among the first scientists who understood the importance of living with and among the animals he was studying, respecting them as wild creatures, approaching them without assumptions, and drawing conclusions based on what he observed. Heís contributed new ideas and understanding about the animals heís studied and about ways of studying them, and he has extended that work into a lifelong commitment to protecting and preserving world ecology. Pamela Turnerís account of Schallerís life and career (including a doctorate from UW-Madison) includes numerous photographs of Schaller, his family (who often lived with him in remote locations) and his research subjects and the environments in which they live. Ample sources for further exploration round out this inspiring volume. (MS)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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