Conservation and conflict

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Science  15 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6428, pp. 699
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw6825

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In war zones—where daily life holds existential threats, where people are strafed and hardened by conflict, where securing food and safety is an ever-present priority—why should people care about the elusive beauty of the snow leopard, the hoary majesty of the markhor goat, or the fantastically adorned Marco Polo sheep? Alex Dehgan tackles this question in his insightful and eye-opening book, The Snow Leopard Project, a narrative of his experiences establishing an outpost of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)—one of the leading conservation organizations in the United States—in Afghanistan in 2006.