Baird's Tapir, Osa Peninsula. In the forests outside Corcovado National Park, you can find these endangered creatures napping in the heat of the day or eating from the water apple trees in the cooler night. Tapirs are the largest living land mammals in both Central and South America, and they are on the cusp of extinction; to look at one you might imagine that it is the last of a different kind, and perhaps was meant to die out with the mastodons. In effect, to see one with your own eyes in daylight is quite a sight to behold. These experiences are not so rare to a group called Nai Conservation, a small but ambitious NGO working in Costa Rica to promote awareness and understanding of these unique animals and to prevent their slip into extinction. Esteban Brenes-Mora and his small team of researchers and advocates split their time between education and action. One day they may be found in an elementary school in the Central Valley teaching children to draw tapirs in their nature habitats, so that the future generations might grow up with a deep-seeded empathy for the wild animals; the next, you could find them in the frigid mountains of Cerro de la Muerte, pulling an injured tapir off the highway in the wake of a collision with a speeding truck. Esteban began his career researching tapirs; after a few years, he realized that if someone didn't do something soon, there might not be any tapirs left to study. It is epiphanies like this that fuel change. With a strong social media presence and ambitious community outreach, it is easy to get involved with Nai Conservation and the work they are doing to ensure that one of the most unique species on the planet lives long enough to see the decades after these.