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Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras

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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

World's Most Endangered Sites

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

©UNESCO/ Kudo, Fubomichi

World's Most Endangered Sites

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