Darla Hillard's nonfiction account, VANISHING TRACKS: Four Years Among the Snow Leopards of Nepal, is the only published behind-the scenes story of studying this rare, almost mystical wild cat. Darla, who is also the education director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, is working on a novel, Hawk Hill.
Darla grew up in California, and lives in Sonoma with her husband Rodney Jackson, the foremost authority on snow leopards.
This is the extraordinary account of the first scientific expedition to radio-collar and study the rare, elusive snow leopard in its natural habitat. It is also a story of love and high adventure that provides a fascinating, affecting profile of a people inhabiting one of the most isolated and inhospitable regions in the world—the Kanjiroba Himal of western Nepal.