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Time Line: Alan Rabinowitz's Irresistible Force
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Time Line: Rabinowitz's Irresistible Force | Adventure Guide: Myanmar

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Impressed with the young Ph.D. student's field research tracking raccoons and black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains, renowned zoologist George Schaller invites Alan Rabinowitz to study jaguars in Belize.

"Just like that, he changed the direction of my life," Rabinowitz says.


Rabinowitz's research in the Cockscomb Basin persuades the Belizean government to establish the world's first and only jaguar preserve.


Thailand's Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is elevated to a UNESCO protected area, based on Rabinowitz's study of the region's big cats.


Under Rabinowitz's guidance, the Myanmar government designates the country's first protected aquatic area, Lampi Island Marine National Park. It covers 79 square miles (205 square kilometers) of pristine coral reefs, mangroves, and island habitats.

Northern Myanmar's 1,500-square-mile (3,885-square-kilometer) Hkakabo Razi, which Rabinowitz first surveyed in 1997, is designated a national park.


Surveys initiated by Rabinowitz in Laos's Annam Cordillera chain lead to the region's designation as a biodiversity hotspot, cited by Conservation International for containing important species threatened with extinction.


At Rabinowitz's request, the Myanmar government sets aside 2,500 square miles (6,475 square kilometers) of the Hukawng Valley as a nationally protected wildlife sanctuary, then the country's largest reserve.


Rabinowitz's persistent fatigue is diagnosed as fatal chronic lymphatic leukemia.


The Minister of Forestry signs a proclamation expanding the Hukawng Valley Tiger Reserve to cover 8,452 square miles (13,602 square kilometers), making it one of the largest protected forests in the world.


Rabinowitz plans to return to Myanmar to cement the completion of the Northern
Forest Complex, a project that will link four protected areas into a 13,500-square-mile (34,965-square-kilometer) reserve. 

Time Line: Alan Rabinowitz's Irresistible Force | Adventure Guide: Myanmar

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Discover Alan Rabinowitz's plan for the jaguars of Central America in a segment of Wild Chronicles, National Geograhic's news magazine airing on public television. Watch the video >>

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