Authors and Contributors

George B. Schaller - Essayist

George B. Schaller

George B. Schaller is a field biologist and vice president of science and exploration at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. He was born in 1933 and went to the University of Alaska and Wisconsin. He was a member of the 1956 Murie expedition to Alaska, which resulted in the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Schaller has spent most of his time during the past fifty years in the wilds of Asia, Africa, and South America, and has studied and helped protect species as diverse as the mountain gorilla, lion, jaguar, tiger, giant panda, and wild sheep and goats of the Himalaya. These studies have been the basis for his scientific and popular writings, including fifteen books, among them The Year of the Gorilla; The Last Panda; and The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations, which won the National Book Award in 1972. For the past decade he has studied wildlife in Laos, Mongolia, and the Tibetan Plateau of China. His work helped persuade the Chinese government to set aside a portion of Tibet for nature preserves. His awards include the International Cosmos Prize (Japan) and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (USA).

George Schaller contributed "Arctic Legacy" to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land (Braided River, 2003).