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

by Pamela S. Turner and George Schaller

Wildlife scientist and conservationist George Schaller has conducted original research... read more

Wildlife scientist and conservationist George Schaller has conducted original research on a dazzling variety of animals, including gorillas, tigers, lions, snow leopards, pandas, antelopes, and more in twenty-five 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. He was among the first scientists to understand the importance of living among the animals he was studying, respecting them as wild creatures, approaching them without assumptions, and drawing conclusions based on what he observed. Schaller has contributed new ideas and understanding about the animal species he has studied and about ways of studying them, and he has extended that work into a lifelong commitment to protecting and preserving world ecology. Pamela Turner’s account of Schaller’s 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. (Age 10 and older)

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