Pamela S. Turner

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

“Pamela Turn­er has an uncan­ny abil­i­ty to trans­late her care­ful research of Schaller’s sci­en­tif­ic insights and meth­ods into an engross­ing set of stories.”

— Rut­gers

A Life in the Wild

About the Book

For more than fifty years, George Schaller has been on a mis­sion: to save the world’s great wild beasts. From enthu­si­as­tic stu­dent spot­ting his first griz­zly in Alas­ka, to pio­neer­ing field biol­o­gist radio-tag­ging lions in the Serengeti, to world-renowned con­ser­va­tion­ist cam­paign­ing for nature reserves in Chi­na, George Schaller has been an inspi­ra­tion an entire gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists and explor­ers. Packed with intrigu­ing sci­ence and the thrill of dis­cov­ery, here is a biog­ra­phy that bril­liant­ly cap­tions the spir­it and pas­sion of an extra­or­di­nary life in the wild.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold­en Kite Non­fic­tion Award
  • Kirkus Reviews starred review
  • Book­list starred review
  • North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Book Award 
  • Nation­al Sci­ence Teach­ers Asso­ci­a­tion Rec­om­mend­ed Book
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Young Adults
  • Nation­al Coun­cil for Social Stud­ies Notable Social Stud­ies Trade Book
  • Coop­er­a­tive Chil­dren’s Book Cen­ter Choice
  • Cybils Award nominee
  • Bee­hive Book Award nominee
  • Book­list Top Ten Sci-Tech Book for Youth


Kirkus Reviews starred review:
“In this grace­ful­ly writ­ten biog­ra­phy of nat­u­ral­ist and con­ser­va­tion­ist George Schaller, Turn­er focus­es on six par­tic­u­lar stud­ies select­ed from more than 50 years of trav­el and research aimed at pro­tect­ing not just sig­na­ture species but whole ecosys­tems in remote parts of the world. … This intro­duc­tion to an envi­ron­men­tal hero, the first for young read­ers, is time­ly and inspiring.”

Book­list starred review:
“Turn­er’s stir­ring por­trait spot­lights a sci­en­tist’s invalu­able con­tri­bu­tions to ani­mal study; the grit­ty, thrilling par­tic­u­lars of field­work; and the urgent neces­si­ty to pro­tect wild crea­tures and their habitats.”

“Pamela Turn­er has an uncan­ny abil­i­ty to trans­late her care­ful research of Schaller’s sci­en­tif­ic insights and meth­ods into an engross­ing set of sto­ries that are bound to leave a last­ing impres­sion on readers.”

Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books:
“Turn­er neat­ly blends live­ly accounts of Schaller’s life in var­i­ous wilder­ness­es with wife and kids with more seri­ous dis­cus­sion of his work and sem­i­nal dis­cov­er­ies about ani­mal behav­ior … Fans mov­ing beyond the Sci­en­tists in the Field series will find this just the more in-depth but still per­son­al account of excit­ing sci­en­tif­ic prac­tice that they’ve been seeking.”

“Per­haps no oth­er sci­en­tist has done more for wildlife con­ser­va­tion than George Schaller … Ani­mal lovers and con­ser­va­tion-mind­ed stu­dents will enjoy this excel­lent intro­duc­tion to Schaller and his ideas.”

A Life in the Wild

Far­rar, Straus & Giroux, 2008
hard­cov­er ISBN 978–0374345785

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