“It Takes Just One Village to Save a Species”
New York Times writer Phil McKenna describes the success of Dr. Pan Wenshi, China’s premier panda biologist, in increasing the population of critically endangered white-headed langur by working to alleviate poverty in the South China’s Guangxi province:
A breakthrough in protecting the species came in 1997 when he helped local villagers build a pipeline to secure clean drinking water. Shortly thereafter, a farmer from the village freed a trapped langur and brought it to Dr. Pan.
“When you help the villagers, they would like to help you back,” he said.
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