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!


December 22, 2007

Peter Illyn

Founder and Executive Director, Restoring Eden (

Today’s Date: 24 November 2007

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

1,000 mile llama hike where I encountered a majestic herd of wild elk

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

Age 7-12 – woods a block away
Age 14-17 – swimming hole in Savannah River
Young adult – meadows around Mt. Adams Wilderness

Now? see above – young adult

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

Bison & Musk ox – for their ability to survive harsh winters
Wolves/dogs – their loyalty within a pack
Elephants – for their family units & reported grieving over loss

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?

1. Over consumption & a global economy based on unsustainable extraction industries
2. Global warming & destruction of habitats & biodiversity

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

Develop a relational theology – one where we
love – nature appreciation
serve – environmental stewardship
protect – environmental activism

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