Contact: Bobbie Mixon
National Science Foundation
Caption: Research shows nature tourism isn't an automatic ticket out of poverty for people who transition from farming to tourism for economic improvement. Here, tourists watch pandas at China's Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong Nature Reserve, May 2005.
Credit: Wei Liu, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
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