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Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness

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In 1993, Alan Rabinowitz, called "the Indiana Jones"of wildlife science by The New York Times, arrived for the first time in the country of Myanmar, known until 1989 as Burma, uncertain of what to expect. Working under the auspices of the Wildlife Conservation Society, his goal was to establish a wildlife research and conservation program and to survey the country's wildlife. He succeeded beyond all expectations, not only discovering a species of primitive deer completely new to science but also playing a vital role in the creation of Hkakabo Razi National Park, now one of Southeast Asia's largest protected areas.

Beyond the Last Villagetakes the reader on a journey of exploration, danger, and discovery in this remote corner of the planet at the southeast edge of the Himalayas where tropical rain forest and snow-covered mountains meet. As we travel through this "lost world"-- a mysterious and forbidding region isolated by ancient geologic forces — we meet the Rawang, a former slave group, the Taron, a solitary enclave of the world's only pygmies of Asian ancestry, and Myanmar Tibetans living in the furthest reaches of the mountains. We enter the territories of strange, majestic-looking beasts that few people have ever heard of and fewer have ever seen — golden takin, red goral, blue sheep, black barking deer. The survival of these ancient species is now threatened, not by natural forces but by hunters with snares and crossbows, trading body parts for basic household necessities.

The powerful landscape and unique people the author befriends help him come to grips with the traumas and difficulties of his past and emerge a man ready to embrace the world anew. Interwoven with his scientific expedition in Myanmar, and helping to inform his understanding of the people he met and the situations he encountered, is this more personal journey of discovery.

Synopsis:

Written by one of the world's great modern explorers, "Beyond the Last Village is a tory set in Southeast Asia that is at once scientific adventure, personal journey, and passionate account of successful human and wildlife conservation.

About the Author

Alan Rabinowitz is director of the Global Carnivore Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City. He is author of "Beyond the Last Village" (Island Press, 2001), "Chasing the Dragon's Tail: The Struggle to Save Thailand's Wild Cats" (Doubleday, 1991) and a frequent contributor to "Natural History" and other publications.

Table of Contents

Contents

Author's Note

Prologue

Chapter 1

Yangon, 1993

Chapter 2

Tarnished Golden Land

Chapter 3

Of Rhinos and Sea-Gypsies

Chapter 4

Gateway to the North

Chapter 5

Last Prayers at Shwedagon

Chapter 6

Into the Triangle

Chapter 7

Savage Land

Chapter 8

For the Love of Salt

Chapter 9

In the Shadow of Hkakabo Razi

Chapter 10

Lost Tribes of Tibet

Chapter 11

Pygmies of the Adung Wang Valley

Chapter 12

The Last Village

Chapter 13

Touching the Snow

Chapter 14

Child of Beyond

Chapter 15

Back into the World

Chapter 16

Genetic Fingerprints

Chapter 17

The Mysterious Leaf Deer

Chapter 18

The Ghost Valley

Chapter 19

Through the Looking Glass

Chapter 20

The Return

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559638005
Author:
Rabinowitz, Alan
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Wildlife conservation
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes 16 pg insert
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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