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A purple-banded sunbird is projected onto the Vatican in an effort to raise awareness for the extinction crisis. gorongosa

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Men use chainsaws and heavy equipment to cut large trees in the miombo woodland that forms the ‘buffer zone’ around the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. This buffer zone is being logged and is largely devoid of game.

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Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) collected in Gorongosa National Park.

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Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) collected in Gorongosa National Park.

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Preparation for a bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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People look for birds and other animals in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Dr. Edward O. Wilson examines an insect in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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A helicopter prepares to take a group to a remote area for a bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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A helicopter in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Dozens of children who live on Mount Gorongosa collect specimens for identification during a bioblitz.

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Dozens of children who live on Mount Gorongosa prepare to collect specimens for identification during a bioblitz.

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Dr. Edward O. Wilson examines the insects caught at a bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Dozens of children pick flowers from the genus Dissotis during the bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Two boys search for specimens for the bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Local kids collect insects for the bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Dr. Edward O. Wilson examines the insects caught at a bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Local children in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Gold mining in the watershed or ‘buffer zone’ between the Mt. Gorongosa area and Gorongosa National Park.

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Crocodiles inside of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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A small village within the buffer zone of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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A group on a mini-blitz close to the top of the Mt. Gorongosa area of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Aerials of the west side of the Mt. Gorongosa range in Mozambique, Africa.

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Clearcuts and forest along the top of the Mt. Gorongosa range in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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On the west side of the original Gorongosa park a brush fire is set by poachers to move game.

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Gold mining in the watershed or ‘buffer zone’ between the Mt. Gorongosa area and Gorongosa National Park.

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Aerials of the Vunduzi River watershed inside the main Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. Inselbergs rise up from the west edge of the original Gorongosa National Park. Now in the dry season, little water can be seen flowing through this area.

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Gold mining in the watershed or ‘buffer zone’ between the Mt. Gorongosa area and Gorongosa National Park.

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A thick layer of fog and smoke covers the ground in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. The smoke is from fires set by poachers.

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Aerials of the newly added Mt. Gorongosa section of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Aerials inside the buffer zone, in the foothills of the Mt. Gorongosa Range in Mozambique, Africa.

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Smoke at dawn inside the main park of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Slash and burn agriculture makes its way through a buffer zone near the Mt. Gorongosa range of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Aerials of the Mt. Gorongosa range of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Clearcuts for slash and burn agriculture within the Mt. Gorongosa range of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. Though this area became part of the national park several months ago, clear-cutting of forest for slash and burn agriculture continues within Mt. Gorongosa.

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Human set fires in the main park and the buffer zone of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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Crocodiles dive into the Vunduzi River inside the main park in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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