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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 26, 2006

Namory Traoré

Chef de la Section Promotion Communautaire de la Faune, Direction Nationale de la Conservation de la Nature, Mali [Community section head Promotion of Fauna, National Direction of the Nature conservation, Mali]

Today's Date: 26 Septembre 2006

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

Le jour où j'ai caressé un éléphant dans le Jardin Zoologique du Caire en Egypte. [The day when I cherished an elephant in the Zoological garden of Cairo in Egypt.]

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

Oui: Une mare à 1(un) kilomètre de mon village [Yes: A pond with 1(un) kilometer of my village]

Now? Oui: Le village de Banankoro à 30 kilomètre au sud-ouest de Bamako, capitale du Mali. [Yes: The village of Banankoro with 30 kilometer in the south-west of Bamako, capital of Mali.]

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

Mon animal préféré est l'éléphant. Ses dimensions énormes font de lui à la fois une curiosité scientifique et une curiosité touristique. [My preferred animal is the elephant. Its enormous dimensions make of him at the same time a scientific curiosity and a tourist curiosity.]

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?

Le défi le plus important de nos jours est la déforestation. Dans l'avenir, c'est la crise de l'eau potable qui sera le grand défi à relever. [The most important challenge nowadays is deforestation. In the future, it is the crisis of the drinking water which will be the great challenge to take up.]

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

Eviter le gaspillage des ressources. [To avoid the wasting of the resources.

[translations done using Babel Fish Translations,]