In an increasingly smaller world, even the wildlife of the remote and austere Tibetan plateau is not immune to the consequences of a global economy.
It is not coincidental that renowned field biologist George Schaller treks to 12,000 feet to study and conserve the newly threatened Tibetan antelope, or chiru as it is known locally. During his remarkable career, he has witnessed the steady decline of wildlife populations in many of the world’s last great wild places -- from the forests of Central Africa to the mountains of Central Asia
Once abundant, the chiru has been killed by the thousands to satisfy an increasing international demand for its fine and exotic wool. The foundation has joined Schaller’s efforts and those of his Chinese colleagues to gain greater understanding of the chiru’s ecology and breeding behavior, and to protect the vital calving grounds in the Kunlun Mountains of Xinjiang Province.