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The Chiru of High Tibet by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
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Mar 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: animals, nature
Read in March, 2011

The chiru are a small antelope like species who live on the plains of the Chang Tang in northern Tibet. Sought out for their wool (shahtoosh, the warmest of wools), the chiru have been hunted and poached to a dangerous degree. The animals can't be shorn, like sheep, because it is simply too cold, and chiru haven't successfully been raised in captivity. George Schaller learned of their plight and tried to track them to the birthing grounds several times. Four trekkers eventually managed to find these grounds so that the animals can be protected. An amazing true adventure story, conservation story, and story for animal lovers about a one of a kind creature. Illustrated with beautiful paintings.
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