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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!


August 06, 2006

Edward E. Clark, Jr.

President, Wildlife Center of Virginia
“the world's leading teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine”

August 4, 2006

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

Of the thousands of wild animals with which I have had contact, a peregrine falcon I had for several years, and used in the Wildlife Center's education programs, taught me more about the true spirit of the Earth than any other creature or experience. I had personal experiences with that bird that simply cannot be explained with simple science. He taught me that there are real forces at work that cannot be seen, measure, manipulated or understood.

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

My uncle's small cabin in southern Pennsylvania was paradise to me. No plumbing and few creature comforts, but the most magical place I know. It was where my real "communion" with nature, and ultimately my career in conservation, began.

Now? After thirty some years of having gotten out of the habit of visiting that magic cabin of my youth, I have recently reconnected with that special place. I did add a few amenities, but it is still basic and rustic. Nevertheless, it is still just as special as it was almost 50 years ago--a refuge and a sanctuary for the soul. Of course the pine seedlings I planted as a child are now 75 feet tall!

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

I love the impala. I think they are among the most elegant and graceful creatures on Earth, especially as they race across the African bush. Here in the USA, it's a toss-up between red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons, both as a result of individuals of these species I have had the privilege to know.

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?

The insatiable human appetite for consumption and our indifference to consequences. Global warming and climate change seem likely to alter the face of the planet in profound ways.

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

We all have an impact on the Earth. It may be positive or negative. For most of us, it will be some of both. Because we have the capacity to have a positive impact, we have the responsibility to do what we can. We never know when our small acts of global good citizenship will be the gestures that make a profound difference. Start by registering and voting!!

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