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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!


February 08, 2007

Francisco Valdés-Perezgasga

President, Prodefensa del Nazas

Today's Date: 8th February 2007

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

Animal: Being watched by semi-captive Mexican wolves.
Nature: Waking in a riparian forest in a desert river.

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

Yes, the Nazas River in North-Central Mexico

Now? A small wooded area (Montezuma bald cypress, Cottonwood, Willow) five hundred meters from the main channel of the Nazas River in North-Central México

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

The wolf for its independent spirit and its wildness
The raven for its intelligence

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?

Global warning, now and in the future

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

Be aware that wild ecosystems exist before our species evolve and that we are what we are because of those ecosystems. We are their creatures. For this reason alone we have a moral obligation towards conservation.

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