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University Press of Colorado
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Like no other large cat, the snow leopard evokes a sense of myth and mysticism, strength and spirit shrouded in a snowy veil, seldom seen but always present. Giving a voice to the snow leopard, this collection of powerful first person accounts from an impressive cadre of scientist-adventurers grants readers a rare glimpse of this elusive cat and the remarkable lives of those personally connected to its future. These Stories from the Roof of the World resonate with adventure, danger, discovery, and most importantly hope for this magnificent big cat.

Very little has been written about this mystical creature. Its remote and rugged habitat among the mightiest collection of mountains on Earth, proclaimed “The Roof of the World” by awe-struck explorers, make it one of the most difficult and expensive animals to study. After a millennia thriving in peaceful isolation, human encroachment, poaching and climate change threaten the snow leopards survival. Speaking on behalf of the snow leopard, these heart-felt stories will inform and inspire readers, creating the vital connection needed to move people toward action in saving this magnificent cat.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword: Out of White
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Giving Voice to the Snow Leopard
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. On Meeting a Snow Leopard
  2. pp. 13-20
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  1. 2. Face-to-Face with Shan
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 3. Tracks of My Soul
  2. pp. 25-31
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  1. 4. Kashmir
  2. pp. 33-43
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  1. 5. From Rice Fields to Snowfields
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. 6. Death of a Bharal
  2. pp. 51-61
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  1. 7. An Accord of Hope
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. 8. Tears of the Karakorum
  2. pp. 69-74
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  1. 9. The Pelt Smuggler
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. 10. Two Snow Leopards, My Father, and Me
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. 11. Happy Days
  2. pp. 89-94
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  1. 12. Raising Sheru
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. 13. Cubs
  2. pp. 103-111
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  1. 14. Epiphany
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. 15. Pangje
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. Color Photos
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  1. 16. November 13
  2. pp. 129-133
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  1. 17. Winter at Chörten Nyima
  2. pp. 135-139
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  1. 18. The Spirit of Baga Bogd
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. 19. Gobi Magic
  2. pp. 151-163
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  1. 20. Legends of Zanskar
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. 21. Magic Valley
  2. pp. 171-174
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  1. Organizations and Related Websites
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 179-179
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  1. Biographical Notes
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. Illustration Credits
  2. pp. 189-190
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