Saving Wild Places

Saving Wild Places Photo
Elephant and giraffe graze on the banks of the Chobe River in Chobe National Park, Botswana. Wildlife hotspots like this grow ever scarcer as human societies strive to meet the needs of what will soon be nine billion people. As WCS’s David Wilkie and Joshua Ginsberg write in National Geographic News Watch, “Wild places with intact assemblages of native species, interacting at ecologically meaningful densities largely in the absence of human influence, may now cover a mere 10 percent of the planet’s lands, rivers, lakes and seas. Unless we invest in their protection, most of these oases of nature will likely become degraded or disappear in the next 20 years.”
©Mark W. Atkinson/WCS AHEAD Program

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