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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

Jorge Albuquerque

Associacao Montanha Viva

Today's Date: Feb 8 2007

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

A Peregrine Falcon in my earliest days as a Biology Student. I used to watch a few wintering falcon in my home Town Porto Alegre in South Brazil while did my college. Theses interactions were quite strong and shaped my life as a conservation Biologist.

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

I lived in a big city. the only outdoor type of place was a field where we play soccer.

Now? Well, now I like to spend hours in field work searching for hawk eagles in the Serra Geral area in Santa Catarina ( Also I have a small property covered of rain forest near my home in Florianopolis, a great place to bird watch and think about life.

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

My favorite animal is the Great Kisskadee because it reminds me of my childhood in Porto Alegre.

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?

I would say that the major challenge is to try to teach people to change their view of how to prosper. The agroindustry in Brazil is destroying all the remnants of forests and wild open areas. Burning large areas, they contribute to global warming.

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

Try to remain simple and follow a humble life without a cascade of consumism.. Respect and fight to protect the last sanctuaries in our planet, either near or far away from you.

I also have another blog where I write about this type of subject: visit it!!!

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