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Interview: Alan Rabinowitz


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Alan Rabinowitz grew up as an extreme stutterer in the Bronx. As a kid, the only beings he could relate to were animals -- because they couldn't talk, just like him. Flash forward 40 years and Alan is still in the Bronx. He's the director of Science and Exploration for the Wildlife Conservation Society, based at the Bronx Zoo. For most of his adult life, he has traveled throughout remote areas of the world, and has even lived for months at a time with local tribes. Alan works to set up preservation systems for both animals and their habitats, such as the jaguar of Central America and the tigers of Asia.

On his most recent trip, which he writes about in his new book, "Beyond The Last Village: A Journey Of Discovery In Asia's Forbidden Wilderness," Alan trekked into the depths of Myanmar, or Burma. He discovered a new species of deer, called the "leaf deer," so tiny that hunters roll its body in a leaf after they kill it. After all the exotic trips of Alan's career, this was the one that changed his life -- and even saved his marriage.

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Beyond The Last Village: A Journey Of Discovery In Asia's Forbidden Wilderness

Wildlife Conservation Society

Bronx Zoo

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