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Yasuni at Risk (30) More files... by Pete Oxford and Renee Bish
On Thursday, the 22nd of May, 2014 Yasuni National Park, the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, was handed some bad news from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Oil drilling will be allowed to move forward in protected areas of the park since a conservation plan has been scrapped due to a lack of funding. Established in 2010 the Yasuni-ITT initiative outlined how Ecuador would forego extracting the untapped oil, 21% of Ecuador's natural reserve, in exchange for $3.6 billion over thirteen years from the international community. Only $13 million of the funds were pledged so the initiative has been dissolved. Now the drilling company Petroamazonas who has a record of destruction and spills has a signed permit to drill in a 6,500-square-mile reserve known as block 43; oil production may begin as soon as 2016.

Yasuni is a special place. Considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth it boasts 655 species of trees, 173 species of mammals, 610 species of birds and over 4,000 plant species. One hectare of the area is richer in tree species than the entirety of the United States and Canada combined. In addition, two indigenous tribes, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane, live in voluntary isolation within the Park borders. Increased oil exploitation in the Park will threaten both the human and animal residents of this protected area beginning with the construction of access roads and drilling camps.

This gallery of 30 images is a small selection of the 452 photographs we have available on the subject.
Rainforest canopy, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476043 Rainforest canopy, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Fig (Ficus sp) tree in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482162 Fig (Ficus sp) tree in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Kapok (Ceiba sp) buttress roots and tourist, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476048 Kapok (Ceiba sp) buttress roots and tourist, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Tiputini River and rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482185 Tiputini River and rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Dugout canoe in blackwater stream, Yasuni National Park Biosphere Reserve, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00210421 Dugout canoe in blackwater stream, Yasuni National Park Biosphere Reserve, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Yellow-headed Calico Snake (Oxyrhopus formosus), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482340 Yellow-headed Calico Snake (Oxyrhopus formosus), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Amazon Wood Lizard (Enyalioides laticeps), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476100 Amazon Wood Lizard (Enyalioides laticeps), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Naulta Mushroomtongue Salamander (Bolitoglossa altamazonica), Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482310 Naulta Mushroomtongue Salamander (Bolitoglossa altamazonica), Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Yellow-footed Tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476052 Yellow-footed Tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) sunbathing surrounded by butterflies sipping salts from the turtle's tears, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482345 Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) sunbathing surrounded by butterflies sipping salts from the turtle's tears, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Pierid Butterfly (Phoebis sp) group on mineral lick, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482300 Pierid Butterfly (Phoebis sp) group on mineral lick, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Painted Beauty (Batesia hypochlora) butterfly, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482265 Painted Beauty (Batesia hypochlora) butterfly, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Saturniid Moth (Saturniidae) false eyespots on wings, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482332 Saturniid Moth (Saturniidae) false eyespots on wings, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) camouflaged in leaf litter in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, at 982,000 hectares, the largest national park in Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00217067 Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) camouflaged in leaf litter in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, at 982,000 hectares, the largest national park in Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) mimicking leaf, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476157 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) mimicking leaf, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Peruvian Shield Mantis (Choeradodis rhombicollis), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476185 Peruvian Shield Mantis (Choeradodis rhombicollis), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Army Ant (eciton sp) group carrying pupae, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476117 Army Ant (eciton sp) group carrying pupae, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea), Napo River, Yasuni National Park in rainforest, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00447908 Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea), Napo River, Yasuni National Park in rainforest, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), Yasuni National Park, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00450411 Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), Yasuni National Park, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Stink Bug (Edessa sp), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482295 Stink Bug (Edessa sp), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Ecuador Poison Frog (Epipedobates bilinguis), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476095 Ecuador Poison Frog (Epipedobates bilinguis), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Demerara Falls Tree Frog (Hypsiboas cinerascens), Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00447877 Demerara Falls Tree Frog (Hypsiboas cinerascens), Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Smokey Jungle Frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482287 Smokey Jungle Frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476051 Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Amazon River Frog (Rana palmipes) resting on riverbank in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, at 982,000 hectares, the largest national park in Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00216720 Amazon River Frog (Rana palmipes) resting on riverbank in rainforest, Yasuni National Park, at 982,000 hectares, the largest national park in Ecuador© Pete Oxford
South American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482222 South American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus), Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
White-tailed Titi (Callicebus discolor) in tree, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476120 White-tailed Titi (Callicebus discolor) in tree, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Jaguar (Panthera onca) melanistic individual, also called a black panther, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482352 Jaguar (Panthera onca) melanistic individual, also called a black panther, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata), Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00447865 Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata), Napo River, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Chestnut-fronted Macaw (Ara severa), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476188 Chestnut-fronted Macaw (Ara severa), Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
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