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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 14, 2007

Oberon Zell-Ravenheart

Headmaster, Grey School of Wizardry; President, TheaGenesis LLC; Primate, Church of All Worlds

Today's Date: 2/10/07

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

Wow--so many! All my life I've had intense interactions with many and various animals--both wild and domestic. All of them have powerfully affected me.

I have raised wild babies: bats, owls, deer, pigs, possums...

I have had several boas and pythons that have had significant impacts on my life.

I have had cats who were so intelligent that they were fully members of the family.

I have hiked and camped out in the wilderness in many places throughout the country and elsewhere, in places as diverse as Hawaii and Alaska. I lived 8 years in a wilderness homesteading community of 5,600 acres, where each family had to create an entire homestead and life in the woods, with no electricity, phone, TV, or even radio.

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

Sure--the woods behind our home.

Now? The 55-acre parcel of land called Annwfn that is adjacent to the parcel mentioned above where I lived for so long.

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

This is tough, as I have so many favorites! But if I have to pick just one, it would have to be a fruit bat/flying fox. I've had pet bats since I was a kid, and I just think they're incredibly cool. And a fruit bat--as a real genuine "flying monkey"--is certainly the very coolest! If I lived in Australia, I would definitely have one!

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 warming and the attendant rise of sea levels--today and tomorrow.

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

Love your Mother!

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