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World's most endangered sites: Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras

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Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras

One of the few rainforests left in Central America, this reserve counts more than 200 archaeological sites, including Mayan ruins and the spot where Columbus first landed in mainland America. It’s also home to four indigenous groups, endangered jaguars, giant anteaters, and countless undiscovered plant species. The Honduras government requested that the property go on the Danger List in 2011 because of illegal logging, poaching, and land occupation from hurricane refugees. Increased drug trafficking within the reserve has posed a new threat to the site. —Adam H. Graham

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