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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 18, 2007

John A Burton

CEO, World Land Trust (

Today’s Date: 3 December 2007

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

Far too many to list, but first memorable one was age 6, discovering a lizard (Lacerta vivipara) in my sand pit. Since then numerous others, dependent on time, place and circumstances. Wildlife and nature have simply had the biggest impact on my life than any other.

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

Depends on how you define childhood. But from 9-15 it would have been a local oak-wood, after that a sewage farm (birdwatching)

Now? Dry Chaco of Paraguay

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

Have never had a favourite but tend to side with the unloved animals of the world – amphibians, reptiles, bats etc. Have a special passion for European Brown Hare

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?

a) human population
b) human population

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

Persuade governments that human population increase is a very serious threat.

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