Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This was a very interesting book, although I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars as some of the writing lost me in a couple places. Otherwise, it was great!
Alex Dehgan arrives in Afghanistan in 2006 in hopes to build the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program, and preserve and protect Afghanistan’s unique and extraordinary environment, which had been decimated after decades of war. Quite honestly, I never thought about wildlife in that area and what war would do to their home. I was also surprised at all the animals that actually live there!
Alex found out that conservation actually provided a bond between his team and the people of Afghanistan. The team worked unarmed in some of the most dangerous places in the country. Some were so remote that winding roads would just disappear, and travel was on foot, yak, or mule.
This is Alex’s account as he and his team helped create the country’s first national park, completes the some of the first extensive wildlife surveys in thirty years, and works to stop the poaching of the country’s endangered animals, including the elusive snow leopard. Some of these animals somehow even navigate mine fields, which is why no one had really ventured into finding out what was still out there and alive after all these years of war.