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Tourism Income Helps Safeguard Borneo Orangutan and Lift Livelihoods
Ramadan, a male orangutan living at the HUTAN–Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme research site in Malaysian Borneo, is nowadays more likely to be captured in photographs than in hunters’ snares. He is part of an ecotourism program that involves families in and around Sukau, a village of 1,200 in northeast Borneo.
LGBT Activists Worldwide Risk Lives and Livelihoods to Claim Rights
Anastasia Smirnova stepped into the media spotlight to bring attention to Russia’s brutal crackdown against its LGBT population in 2013. Risking her safety and security in the run-up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Smirnova stayed put.
Groups Pool Resources to Shield Endangered DRC Gorillas
The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to one-third of the world’s estimated 880 mountain gorillas, and a tiny population of Grauer’s gorillas. It is also patrolled by a dangerous armed militia. Emmanuel de Mérode, chief warden of the park, has worked tirelessly—and survived multiple gunshot wounds—to protect it.
New Initiative to Boost US LGBT Movement Leadership
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez came to the US from Rio de Janeiro at age 14, hoping to lift his and his family’s lives through hard work and sharp wits. But when his tourist visa expired and he realized the importance of remaining silent about his sexual orientation, he found himself “heartbroken and afraid.”