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Zambia: Conservation & Survival

In Zambia, it is a balancing act constantly threatening to tip.

On one side is survival—food, fuel, home and health. On the other is wildlife—the black rhino—hunted to extinction, 11.7 million people—living on less than a dollar a day, one in six adults who are HIV-positive, and a shamelessly corrupt government.

Nevertheless, many Zambians survive with wit and dignity—by selling rocks, or scarce trees in the form of charcoal. Communities are dotted with heroes doing daily battle with poachers, disease, jealously—who won’t allow their neighbors to tip. (National Geographic)

Lynn Johnson