• August 5, 2013    

    Yasuni National Park in western Ecuador hosts a vast variety of critters from carnivorous caterpillars to pygmy monkeys as small as your hand. The Ecuadoran government is hoping the park’s unique quilt of animal and plant species, not to mention two tribes who call it home and wish to remain uncontacted, will convince other nations’ governments to pony up $3.6 billion to preserve the site rather than drill there. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2013   BY  

    With an estimated 5,500 species in the Yasuni National Park, Ecuador has some of the largest biodiversity in the world. But Yasuni is also home to nearly 850 million barrels of crude oil, which Ecuador may choose to leave untapped if the world community compensates the nation to leave the oil permanently in the ground. Continue reading