Saving the Ghost of the Mountain by Sy Montgomery
An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia (Scientists in the Field Series)

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People call it “The Ghost of the Mountain,” for those who live among snow leopards almost never see one. Beautiful spotted coats conceal these elusive cats in their rocky, high-altitude habitat—a place where temperatures are often cold enough to freeze human tears. A thick, long tail for balance helps snow leopards spring at their prey from great distances—prey that is often three times its own size. Slinking along the Mongolian mountain ridges, the snow leopards are invisible—and almost impossible to study.
But that doesn’t deter scientist Tom McCarthy, Conservation Director of the Seattle-based Snow Leopard Trust, or his many colleagues from dedicating their lives’ work to the study and protection of this seldom-seen creature. And it doesn’t stop Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop from packing their bags in order to join Tom on a trek to Mongolia, where they hope to learn more about this magical cat, a cat who doesn’t give up its secrets easily.
It will take endurance and persistence to climb the dusty mountain trails, hope of a snow leopard sighting rising and falling with each new summit. It will take practice and experience to lay humane leghold snares, collect scat samples, and set up motion-triggered cameras. It will take patience, focus—and yes, love—to dedicate a lifetime learning more about this little-understood creature. But that’s the only way the Snow Leopard Trust can protect their charges, before the snow leopard truly becomes nothing but a ghost of the mountain.
With a dazzling, as-it-happens narrative and spectacular photographs, Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop bring Mongolia up close for readers everywhere.

About Sy Montgomery

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Sy Montgomery is an author,naturalist, newspaper columnist,scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes award-winning books for children as well as adults. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.Visit her website at SyMontgomery and photographer Nic Bishop won theSibert Medal in 2011for their collaborative work on Kakapo Rescue:Saving the World's Strangest Parrot ,another Scientist in the Field title. Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.Visit his websiteat: Nic Bishop and author SyMontgomerywon theSibert Medal in 2011 for their collaborative work on Kakapo Rescue:Saving the World's Strangest Parrot ,another Scientist in the Field title.
Published September 4, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 80 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, History, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference.

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The author and photographer accompanied him on an expedition to Mongolia, and they put themselves right into the narrative, introducing the other members of the group and describing their relationships with local herders, the exhausting hikes, the excitement of scat discoveries (“As if he’s savor...

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