After the Amazon and Congo, New Guinea is home to the 3rd largest rainforest in the world
Shared by 2 countries – Papua New Guinea to the east and the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya to the west – the island covers just 1% of the world's land area but harbours at least 5% of its animal and plant species; 2/3 of which are found only in New Guinea.
Such unique wildlife
includes kangaroos that climb trees, carnivorous mice, giant pigeons and rats bigger than domestic cats. And more orchid species
than any other place on the planet.
Despite their remoteness, New Guinea's forests face growing threats
from logging, mining, wildlife trade and agricultural plantations, particularly oil palm.
WWF has a long history of conservation efforts in New Guinea.
Whether conducting wildlife studies in the depths of the Kikori River Basin
and Upper Sepik
, assisting with the management of Lorentz National Park
or promoting cross-border cooperation in the TransFly ecoregion
, WWF is working to preserve New Guinea's forests and wildlife for generations to come.