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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 28, 2006

Jo Melton Butler

Hog Hollow Country Lodge, South Africa

Today's Date: 28 August 2006

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

Seeing the poor polar bear having to walk round and round and round in a dingy pit at the Johannesburg Zoo

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

Not specifically.

Now? The Eastern Cape in general

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

I didn't have a particular favourite, I find most animals fascintating. But I always found zoos depressing and hated outings there. The first time I reaslied there were zoos which were kind to captive creatures was when I read Gerald Durrell, but I've never had the privilege of visiting one.

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?

Well our greatest environmental challenge is the human race and it's incipient greed. The greatest challenge I suppose would be to effectively channel that greed to make it profitable to look after our environment

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

Start in your small garden or home and see how you can be effective. Pass that on to your friends - a ripple effect.

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