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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


July 26, 2006

Rev. Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison

Archdruid - Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF)

Today’s Date: 7/26/06

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

They have been many examples, but I think my all time favorite has to be stalking up close enough to a deer to touch it.

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

Again, many. Probably the Moose River Plains in the Adirondacks overall though.

Now? Still the same.

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is, and why?

I enjoy being around all animals but would have to say the whitetail deer because I see it the most. For zoo animals, it would be the snow leopard because of its power and beauty.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

Right now I would have to say Global Warming. We will be going through such weather swings that it will cause the destruction of many areas and the extinction of many species. This will remain the greatest challenge for many years to come in my opinion.

5. If you could give everyone one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

Take advantage of the time we have left to visit as many of the great places as possible. They are likely to be very different in the future.

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