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. Named for the Muslim fasting period in which he was first observed, Ramadan is part of an ecotourism program that involves families in and around Sukau, HUTAN’s base, a village of about 1,200 people in the Lower Kinabatangan region of Sabah, a state in northeast Borneo.
Working for Change
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.
As this report went to press, Emmanuel de Mérode, chief warden of the 3,000-square-mile Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, had just returned to his post, having survived multiple gunshots in an ambush on April 15, 2014. He had been driving to the park—home to one-third of the world’s estimated 880 mountain gorillas1 and a tiny population of Grauer’s gorillas —which he has worked tirelessly to protect from armed militia and illegal activities.
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez came from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to the United States with a dream. At age 14 he arrived at his sister’s Miami apartment on January 3, 2001, hoping to lift himself and his family’s lives through hard work and sharp wits.
It is the nature of humans to see themselves as standing apart from other species and the rest of the natural world. But that view is being challenged from two directions: awareness that human survival depends on a web of relationships with other species; and growing questions about the morality of exploiting other sentient beings for our own purposes.