Thursday, January 27

Editor’s Note: Dr. Schaller will be available for media interviews the week of January 23rd.

SAN FRANCISCO (January 14, 2000) – On January 27 at 8 p.m., renowned conservation biologist Dr. George Schaller will be in conversation with National Public Radio’s Alex Chadwick at the Herbst Theatre. For the last forty years, Dr. Schaller has conducted seminal studies on some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife, including pandas, gorillas, tigers, lions and other species. Dr. Schaller is the author of numerous articles and books including The Last Panda, The Year of the Gorilla and The Serengeti Lion.

Most recently, Dr. Schaller has led a campaign to protect chiru, an endangered species that lives in Tibet. The wool of these gazelle-like animals is woven into shawls known as shahtoosh and is highly prized for its extraordinary warmth and softness. A few decades ago, more than a million of the hardy animals existed, but currently only 75,000 chiru exist.

Dr. Schaller’s dedication to wildlife conservation has led to the establishment of five of the world’s wildlife reserves, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, and Chang Tang wildlife Reserve in Tibet. At over 118,000 square miles, Chang Tang was deemed "One of the most ambitious attempts to arrest the shrinkage of natural ecosystems," by The New York Times. Schaller persuaded the Chinese government to set aside the land for protection, and now Chang Tang, roughly the size of Arizona, stands at triple the size to the largest wildlife refuge in the U.S.

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