The Fish of Raja Ampat
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Patrolling the Raja Ampat Reef
Red and Green Macaw
Brazil's Pantanal is home to over a 1,000 species of birds, such as this red and green macaw (Ara chloroptera). Unlike the dense forest canopy of the Amazon, the Pantanal's open environment makes wildlife viewing much easier. This is one reason Conservation International promotes ecotourism in the region as an important alternative to environmentally destructive forms of development.
The Northern muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) is a critically endangered resident of Brazils Atlantic Forest. Less than 1,000 remain. To help revive them and other unique species, Conservation International helped create green corridors linking the remaining fragments of the Atlantic Forest, assuring animals have a wider home to roam. (The Nature Conservancy is also working to protect Brazil's Atlantic Forest.)
The panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) of Madagascar loves sunbathing and enjoys cockroaches. They change color for camouflage and to communicate. When carrying eggs, females turn dark brown or black with orange striping to tell males they aren't interested. When two males come into contact, they turn brighter colors to assert dominance. Often these battles end with the loser retreating, turning drab and dark.
Read more about Madagascar's extraordinary reptiles.
The masonjoany, a Malgasy face mask, softens the skin and protects from the sun. This woman sells traditional crafts and products to tourists in Berenty, in Southern Madagascar. CI and its partners provide financing and advice to ecotourism entrepreneurs. Securing long-term conservation results starts with finding ways for people to profit from leaving forests intact.
Read more about how natives of Madagascar protect local wildlife.