Shahriar Caesar Rahman

Shahriar Caesar Rahman works in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, which is part of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot. In this hostile environment, entrenched in complex insurgent issues, he has conducted biodiversity surveys in the area which resulted in the most comprehensive wildlife survey done in the region. He discovered the critically endangered Arakan forest turtle and keeled box turtle for the first time in Bangladesh, as well as rediscovered populations of the largest tortoise in Asia: the Asian giant tortoise, which was thought to be extirpated from Bangladesh.

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Hana Ridha

Hana Ridha (Hana Raza) has spent the past seven years of her career as a woman conservationist working in the midst of the turmoil that has enveloped Iraq. She is fighting to keep the spirit of conservation alive and working to protect the natural beauties of Iraq when the cruelties of war have swept so many ideals away. Hana means to lay the groundwork for the conservation of the Persian leopard, which is the only remaining top predator roaming these mountains today.

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Farwiza Farhan

Farwiza Farhan (Far Wiza) works to promote the conservation of the Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh, Indonesia. The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place in the world where several of the key Sundaland mega-fauna species can still be found together: the tiger, orangutan, elephant, and rhino. Motivated by her passion to protect critically endangered species under extreme threat in this area, Farwiza helped launch a legal case against a plantation concessionaire inside the Leuser Ecosystem.

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