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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!


December 27, 2007

David Richard Shepherd, OBE, FRSA, FRGS

Wildlife artist

Today’s Date: 17 December 2007

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

This is undoubtedly the year 1960 which was the catalyst in my life. I painted my very first wildlife painting and it had a profound impact on my career and changed my life. I have never looked back from that moment. More importantly, on that first visit to Kenya, I came across a waterhole which had been poisoned by poachers, finding 255 dead zebra on the ground. I suddenly realised at that moment what Man is capable of doing to his fellow creatures; we are without a doubt the most lethal and dangerous, stupid animal on Earth. A great thrill in my life as you may possibly know that through my efforts by donating paintings to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (, I can put something back to the wildlife that has brought me all the success that my wife and family have enjoyed since.

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

(long before I even thought about painting or wildlife) we used to go down to the Kent coast to build sandcastles on the beach. This is probably a very boring answer because in those days that is all most of us did do but I like to hang on to the past because I think that this modern age is getting more trashy and cheap as we make so called progress into the future.

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

Very easy, the elephant, the animal by which I am apparently known to some degree from my paintings of these marvelous gentle giants

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?

No answer given

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

No answer given

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