National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph by John Claude White A FINE ROW OF CHORTENS ON EACH SIDE OF THE ENTRANCE TO LHA-LUNGMONASTERY: TIBET Animal life was not very plentiful, but there were fairly large flocks of burhel (Ovis nahura) and agood many nyen (Ovis ammon) onthe higher hills, and in the eastern districts I came across hundreds of the latter, as tame as ordinary sheep. Onthe plains Tibetan gazelle and wild asses were occasionally to be seen, but not in great numbers. The wild ass is a graceful creature of ared-brown color, with black markings and points, and very inquisitive. A herd would circle round for hours, keeping well out of range, but offering splendid opportunities for observation. There was an occasional wolf or red fox to be met with and a few Tibetan lynx. Hares abounded and large colonies ofboth thesmall and greater marmot, and in some places at the foot of the hills a good bag of partridge could be had. These, with afew Tibetan sand grouse, made up the total, though in the autumn the lakes were crowded with duck and geese. The wild birds were interesting, and there was one species which built its nest in the same burrow as the small marmot, with whom they lived on very friendly terms.