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A Naturalist and Other Beasts: Tales from a Life in the Field

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Since the 1950s, eminent field biologist George Schaller has roamed through many lands observing wild animals and conducting landmark long-term studies that have deepened our understanding of them. He has reported and reflected on his work in classic books such as The Year of the Gorilla, The Last Panda, and National Book Award winner The Serengeti Lion, but much of his be ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Sierra Club Books
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Grillables
Dec 13, 2007 Grillables rated it it was ok
This wasn't quite what I expected. I'd hoped for more biography, less general comments on conservation - more field notes, less waxing poetic. Still some good tidbits, but overall not as good as I'd hoped it would be.
Ryan
Jul 25, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
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hodgepodge of his experiences around the world, lacks unifying theme and tends to be backward looking and reminescence. no bright message for conservation found here.
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Jan 02, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Good book about a variety of animals, never focusing too long on any one or bogging down in too much detail. Somewhat depressing however, as a constant reminder of the great extinction event we are currently in and that is human caused.

Oh plus the author liberally and casually sprinkled in the word "decimate", which really means to reduce by one-tenth, so every instance of that words misusage irritated me. I know, I'm picky,
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Jan 27, 2016 Y T rated it liked it
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A "walk in the woods" science but quite entertaining because of it.
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As heard on "Science Talk", the Scientific American podcast.
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George Beals Schaller (born 1933) is an American mammalogist, biologist, conservationist and author. Schaller is recognized by many as the world's preeminent field biologist, studying wildlife throughout Africa, Asia and South America. Born in Berlin, Schaller grew up in Germany, but moved to Missouri as a teen. He is vice president of Panthera Corporation and serves as chairman of their Cat Advis ...more
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“I learned long ago that conservation has no victories, that one must retain connections and remain involved with animals and places that have captured the heart, to prevent their destruction. I am sometimes asked why, given a world that is more wounded and scarred, I do not simply give up, burdened by pessimism. But conservation is my life, I must retain hope” 5 likes
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