In the company of George Schaller

Print edition : May 26, 2017

George B. Schaller inspecting tiger claw marks on a jamun tree in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand, in February. Photo: Bivash Pandav

A line drawing of a Marco Polo sheep ram. Photo: Gustave Mutzel/Wikimedia Commons

A group of Marco Polo sheep rams (Ovis ammon polii) stand ready to flee, in the eastern Pamir mountains in Gorno-Badakhshan,Tajikistan. This threatened subspecies of argali sheep inhabits the uplands and alpine valleys of the Pamirs. Photo: Beth Wald

A tiger crossing the Ramganga near Dhikala, Uttarakhand, in April. Schaller’s book “The Deer and the Tiger” was an outcome of his study in the Kanha National Park. Photo: Dhananjai Mohan

A mountain in Rwanda. Schaller was the first person to study gorillas. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee

The chiru, or Tibetan antelope, was once poached for its fine wool called shahtoosh. Vast protected areas in the Chang Tang, the great northern plain of the Tibetan Plateau, may ensure its future survival. Photo: George Schaller

Schaller's book "Stones of Silence" was the result of his studies on the snow leopard and other Himalayan wildlife. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee

Two adult nilgai bulls fighting in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve; the upper part of their necks and faces are bloody because they are stabbing one another with their horns. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Healthy chital in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The Himalayan monal is a pheasant of the Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh. Photo: Camera trap photo, Wildlife Institute of India

The western tragopan is the State bird of Himachal Pradesh; a rare picture of a male in the wild. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

A six-year-old male panda at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China. Schaller carried out the first detailed study of the giant panda. Photo: Susan A. Mainka

An 18-month-old female panda, Xi Wang, lazily eating bamboo in the Qin Ling Mountains, Shaanxi Province, China. Photo: Chris Hails

Schaller's much-acclaimed book "The Serengeti Lion: Predator-Prey Relations" was the outcome of his landmark study on the African lion and associated animals in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Photo: Dhritimam Mukherjee

Bivash Pandav showing Schaller the tiger claw marks on a jamun tree. Photo: G.S. Rawat

The author (Johnsingh) with Schaller in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. Photo: Bivash Pandav

Sanjeeva Pandey, a former director of the Great Himalayan National Park, with Schaller. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The veteran wildlife biologist George Schaller, who has done path-breaking field research for over 60 years around the world, was recently in India in what was essentially a journey down memory lane.
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