"Just recently, we once again traveled the high roads of snow
leopard country, enjoying the beauty of Ladakh's iconic monasteries
and watching blue sheep graze steep mountainsides. We saw no snow
leopards but sensed their presence, feeling lucky and thrilled to
be under the distant gaze of this magnificent cat. May you
experience a similar feeling as you read about the snow leopard in
this remarkable collection."
-Robert Bateman, from the foreword.
Like no other large cat, the snow leopard evokes a sense of myth
and mysticism, strength and spirit shrouded in a snowy veil, seldom
seen but always present. Giving a voice to the snow leopard, this
collection of powerful first person accounts from an impressive
cadre of scientist-adventurers grants readers a rare glimpse of
this elusive cat and the remarkable lives of those personally
connected to its future. These Stories from the Roof of the World
resonate with adventure, danger, discovery, and most importantly
hope for this magnificent big cat.
Very little has been written about this mystical creature. Its
remote and rugged habitat among the mightiest collection of
mountains on Earth, proclaimed "The Roof of the World" by
awe-struck explorers, make it one of the most difficult and
expensive animals to study. After a millennia thriving in peaceful
isolation, human encroachment, poaching and climate change threaten
the snow leopards survival. Speaking on behalf of the snow leopard,
these heart-felt stories will inform and inspire readers, creating
the vital connection needed to move people toward action in saving
this magnificent cat. Contributors include: Ali Abutalip Dahashof,
Som B. Ale, Avaantseren Bayarjargal, Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Joseph L.
Fox, Helen Freeman, Darla Hillard, Don Hunter, Shafqat Hussain,
Rodney Jackson, Jan E. Janecka, Mitchell Kelly, Ashiq Ahmad Khan,
Nasier A. Kitchloo, Evgeniy P. Kashkarov, Peter Matthiessen, Kyle
McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, George B. Schaller, and Rinchen