Arguably the most important figure in human philosophic thought, Siddhartha Gautama was born in the Sacred Garden of Lumbini some 2,500 years ago. To commemorate the Buddha's continuing influence on humanity, the World Wildlife Foundation has planted 108,000 saplings at the garden!

This conservation effort is fuelled by a number of interdependent motivations: Buddhist philosophy, animal conservation and the growing need to replace uprooted flora. The river tributaries of the Sacred Garden of Lumbini help sustain Nepal's lowlands, a unique environment where endangered rhinos, elephants and tigers live beside one another. However impressive, the WWF's effort to plant trees in the area will be outdone when the foundation mobilizes volunteers to plant more than a million saplings next year!

Part of the Buddha's lessons involved living in harmony, interdependence and 'oneness' with the surrounding environment. Efforts like this not only save animal life, but do justice and honor to the teachings of Siddhartha.