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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!


September 04, 2006

Les Carlisle

Group Conservation Manager, Conservation Corporation Africa, (CCAfrica)

Today's Date: 4th September 2006

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

Teaching 5 orphaned cheetah to hunt.

2. Did you have a favorite during your childhood?

Yes Cheetah, and Cape Buffalo.

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

Cheetah because of their vulnerability and speed, Buffalo because of their attitude.

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?

Habitat remains the main issue, Space for wildlife needs to become a bigger priority, the future lies in Tran frontier park encompassing different ownership regimes of land. Private Communal and National Parks.

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

We have to change the way we use our resources and the value we place on space. We must start using all land for the optimum use including changing some parks to food production and huge amounts of agricultural land in low rainfall areas back to wildlife.

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