Snow Leopard

Stories from the Roof of the World

edited by Don Hunter

foreword by Robert Bateman

"Just recently, we once again traveled the high roads of snow leopard country, enjoying the beauty of Ladakh's iconic monasteries and watching blue sheep graze steep mountainsides. We saw no snow leopards but sensed their presence, feeling lucky and thrilled to be under the distant gaze of this magnificent cat. May you experience a similar feeling as you read about the snow leopard in this remarkable collection."
—Robert Bateman, from the foreword


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 leopard's 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.

Contributors: Ali Abutalip Dahashof, Som B. Ale, Avaantseren Bayarjargal, Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Joseph L. Fox, Helen Freeman, Darla Hillard, Don Hunter, Shafqat Hussain, Rodney Jackson, Jan E. Janecka, Mitchell Kelly, Ashiq Ahmad Khan, Nasier A. Kitchloo, Evgeniy P. Kashkarov, Peter Matthiessen, Kyle McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, George B. Schaller, Rinchen Wangchuk



Editor Don Hunter talks about his work with snow leopards and other big cats, and of course the book, on Colorado Matters.


Don Hunter was drawn into the snow leopard's world more than twenty years ago while working as a research ecologist with the US Department of the Interior. His experience with snow leopards in central Asia led to similar studies of mountain lions in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. He still works on behalf of big cats worldwide as science director for the Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Hardcover Price: $27.95
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-193-4
  • Ebook Price: $22.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-205-4
  • Publication Month: August
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Illustrations: 16 color photographs
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: edited by Don Hunter
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-193-4