Thanks to my sister Michelle McIlroy for designing the logo!


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 04, 2007

Jaime Ortiz Patiño

Owner, Valderrama Golf Club - Spain

Today's Date: 25th January 2007

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

To look out on my golf course and the wildlife sanctuaries around the course, and see how both can co-exist in harmony.

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

My favourite place was the Swiss mountains. We used to go on school excursions for skiing and mountain- climbing.

Now? Now my favourite place in the great outdoors is being on the golf course at Valderrama and seeing everything grow in perfect condition.

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

My favourite animal is the polar bear. It makes me very sad to think that it is in danger of extinction.

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 greatest environmental challenge we face today is pollution, which must be controlled. The greatest environmental challenge we will face in the future is global warming.

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

My advice would be to be aware of energy consumption, and not waste it.

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