Beyond the Last Village

Beyond the Last Village

A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness

Book - 2001
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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 programme 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.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c2001
ISBN: 9781559638005
1559638001
9781559637992
1559637994
Characteristics: xvi, 300 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

Sometimes referred to as the Indiana Jones of wildlife science, Rabinowitz has travelled the world working for the Wildlife Conservation Society. This is the account of his struggle to convince the people and political leaders of Myanmar or Burma to set aside large tracks of land as protected areas. He travels five hundred miles through the lost world of northern Myanmar to the southeast edge of the Himalayas and encounters rare animals, pygmies of Asiatic origin, Tibetan monks, and the Rawang, a former slave group. His expedition proves arduous but ultimately more successful than he ever dreamed. And as he travels we learn of his lonely childhood, his difficult relationship with his father and a marriage that may not survive yet another long absence.

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