The next time you have the good fortune to see an endangered species, you might be the beneficiary of George Schaller, a naturalist who has become well-known for his efforts to describe and preserve animals who are in danger of extinction. George Schaller was born in Berlin, Germany, but found himself in Missouri as a teenager. He later received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. His interest in nonhuman species began during his childhood and has continued through his interesting adult life. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and studied various types of animals. These travels and studies provided him with the material needed to write numerous books and articles. One of his publications, The Mountain Gorilla: Ecology and Behavior (1963), provided valuable information about the activities of gorillas in the wild that had previously not been available. His successful professional activities have also resulted in numerous awards including the National Book Award in 1973 and the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal.
George Schaller is also important for his attempt to protect animals from possible extinction. Those of us who are concerned about improving our environment and protecting the many species of animals whose presence is endangered will find George Schaller to be someone well-deserving of our praise. His works provide valuable information for future generations of individuals who have an interest in animal conservation, and serve as an inspiration to many of us to work for the improvement of our natural wildlife environment.
- Schaller, G. B. (1963). The mountain gorilla: Ecology and behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Schaller, G. (1972). Serengeti: A kingdom of predators. New York: Knopf.
- Schaller, G. B. (1977). Mountain monarchs: Wild sheep and goats of the Himalaya. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Schaller, G. B., et al. (1958). The giant pandas of Wolong. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.