The Snow Leopard Project illuminates a vital area of science — and a country filled with natural and cultural beauty. I was captivated by Dehgan’s writing, chapter by chapter.
Captivating....With clarity and a bit of awe, Dehgan describes Afghanistan’s geological past and its ‘dramatic and largely unappreciated biodiversity’....He leaves readers with an optimistic message that, in any sphere of life, effective collaboration toward common goals can benefit everyone.
Less a book about research than about the trials, triumphs and occasional absurdity of building a conservation programme in extreme circumstances.
A stunning true story about efforts to protect these endangered cats and other rare species while also helping to defend the human culture around them-and strengthening the bond between people and nature in the process
An eye-opening account of what it takes to protect wildlife under improbable conditions. Dehgan’s zeal for conservation, passion for humanitarian outreach, and admiration for the Afghan people spring from every page.
Saving snow leopards and opening a national park in a warzone sounds crazy, but that’s just what Alex Dehgan set out to do in Afghanistan. This is a remarkable story of courage, humor, and tenacity—-and making peace where the politicians have failed. Dehgan brought people together through an unexpected common purpose-protecting one of the world’s most exquisite endangered animals.
This compelling look at conservation efforts in a war-torn country is a must-read for anyone interested in attempts to stem the loss of biodiversity.
[An] intriguing, detailed, frequently unnerving account... The author vividly describes the rugged lands he and his crew encountered... Dehgan’s lessons provide a sort of textbook on the frustrations and complexities of working on conservation in a place where science runs into the snarls of politics and diplomacy-and often loses.
The Snow Leopard Project is a richly detailed chronicle of Alex Dehgan’s often-harrowing journey through Afghanistan to help save stunningly beautiful parts of a war-torn land. Dehgan is a brave and intrepid traveler, and he takes readers into his adventures with unique wildlife in one of the planet’s most remote landscapes. His improbable journey, rendered with grace and insight, is a must-read for anyone who craves adventure and is curious about the world beyond our borders.
[T]he book abundantly succeeds in highlighting the stark and surprising challenges faced by those engaged in conservation in war zones and in shining a light on the rich cultural and biological diversity of Afghanistan.
In The Snow Leopard Project, Alex Dehgan shows us that the biological Silk Road-with its Marco Polo sheep, show leopards, and ibex-is as unique and diverse as the cultural Silk Road. He takes us into the heart of war-torn Afghanistan on a mission to survery the biodiversity, to set aside national parks, and to investigate the illegal wildlife trade. This book engages the reader from the very beginning, with a gripping, fast-paced set of adventure stories and a moral imperative. It should be required reading for anyone interested in conservation
The Snow Leopard Project is a vivid introduction to the country’s diverse landscapes and peoples, made all the more original by its focus on the role that flora and fauna play in Afghan life.