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!


March 10, 2007

Paul Smith

FAUNA Paraguay (

Today’s Date: 7 March 07

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

Seeing a giraffe in the zoo for the first time when I was still in a pram!

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

andalucia spain

Now? still andalucia, but also paraguay a beautiful but little visited country. San Rafael NP is the most beautiful place on earth, unfortunately it might not be around for much longer!

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

don’t have a particular favourite, least favourite is the Aedes aegyptii mosquito!

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?

facing is now the biggest challenge of convincing people that it really is important! Govts know it’s important but don’t care, people in the street need to know that it is something that directly affects them! In the future I fear it might be too late to do anything about it!

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

learn to observe instead of just looking - a little bit of knowledge about an animal or plant makes it that much more beautiful and opens up doors to a whole new world of appreciation