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"Since my childhood, I have always loved wildlife. This is my passion and I love my work," says Park Ranger Rupak Maharjan. © WWF-Nepal
Nepali Ranger Nearly Loses Life Protecting Endangered Species
Rupak Maharjan wasn't sure how it happened. His team was investigating illegal poachers rumored to be in possession of tiger skins and bones when all of a sudden 300 armed and angry villagers encircled them. The crowd was determined to protect the poachers who lived within their borders. Without warning, Maharjan and his unarmed team of rangers found themselves staring down the barrel of a gun.
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Salmonstock 2013, an annual music festival held in Ninilchik, Alaska, celebrates wild salmon and the humans who rely on them. © Carl Johnson
Fishermen, Fire Dancers and Filmmakers Gather to Celebrate Salmon
Alaska's Bristol Bay is the last pristine salmon ecosystem in North America, unmatched in its productivity. The sockeye fishery is worth an estimated $1.5 billion annually, and thousands of local residents depend on the influx of fish to survive the winter. The proposed Pebble Mine threatens this abundance, as it would destroy up to 90 miles of salmon streams and 4,800 acres of wetlands. Little wonder that more than 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents, and a clear majority of both Alaskans and other Americans, oppose the mine--and they demonstrated why protecting wild Alaskan salmon is so important at Salmonstock 2013.
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Situated along the equator on the western edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park is rich with rivers and a dense canopy of trees. © Thierry Bodson/WWF-Canon
Keep Oil Exploration Out of Africa's Oldest National Park
Virunga National Park is Africa's oldest national park, but it could soon become Africa's newest oil field. British oil company Soco International PLC plans to explore for oil inside Virunga, even though the park is protected under Democratic Republic of Congo law. More than 27,000 people fish in Lake Edward and it provides drinking water to 50,000 people. Thousands more benefit from locally sourced fish, renewable energy and other park-related activities. Virunga has been a national park since 1925 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Join us in telling Soco and government leaders that Virunga is too important to open up for oil exploration.
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Orangutans play a critical role in seed dispersal, keeping forests healthy. Over 500 plant species have been recorded in their diet. © naturepl.com/Tim Laman/WWF-Canon
Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)
Basics: Known for their distinctive red hair, orangutans are the largest arboreal mammal, spending most of their time in trees. Long, powerful arms and grasping hands and feet allow them to move easily through the branches. The Bornean orangutan has a broader face and shorter beard and is slightly darker than the Sumatran orangutan, a separate species.
Threats: Orangutan numbers and distribution have declined rapidly since the middle of the 20th century due to human activities. These include hunting, unsustainable and often illegal logging, mining, and conversion of forests to agriculture. Orangutans are also threatened by illegal wildlife trade for which young orangutans are captured to be sold as pets.
Interesting Fact: This great ape shares 96.4% of our genes. The word orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language.
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There may be as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. They can be found in just 13 countries. © Jacob Jespersen
Which nation has seen its tiger population increase by 63%?
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