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[Lecture] The Call of the Wild: A 60-year Journey for Wildlife Conservation

JUN . 10 2019
Title: Wenyan Lecture Series “The Call of the Wild: A 60-year Journey for Wildlife Conservation”

George B. Schaller (German-born American Mammalogist, Biologist, Conservationist and Author)

Li Sheng (Research Fellow of School of Life Sciences, Peking University)

14:00p.m., Monday, 10 June 2019

Room 208, Building 2, Jingyuan, Peking University


Speaker’s bio: George Beals Schaller (born 1933) is a German-born American mammalogist, biologist, conservationist and author. Schaller is recognized by many as the world's preeminent field biologist, studying wildlife throughout Africa, Asia and South America. He is vice president of Panthera Corporation and serves as chairman of their Cat Advisory Council. Schaller is also a senior conservationist at the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society.

Schaller's work in conservation has resulted in the protection of large stretches of area in the Amazon, Brazil, the Hindu Kush in Pakistan, and forests in Southeast Asia. Due in part to Schaller's work, over 20 parks or preserves worldwide have been established, including Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the Shey-Phoksundo National Park in Nepal, and the Changtang Nature Reserve, one of the world's most significant wildlife refuges.

In 1988, Schaller and his wife traveled to China's Chang Tang (Qian Tang) region to study the giant panda, and became the first westerners permitted to enter the remote region. Schaller has spent more time in China than he has spent at his home in Connecticut. At over 200,000 miles (320,000 km), the Chang Tang Nature Reserve is triple the size of America's largest wildlife refuge, and was called "One of the most ambitious attempts to arrest the shrinkage of natural ecosystems," by The New York Times.

Edited by: Huang Weijian