PhD Student –
1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
Almost attacked by a buffalo - a very close encounter while conducting census of two primate endangered species in Kenya
2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?
Near my parents farm by the river where we used to swim with my siblings and childhood friend
Now? I am natural outdoor person, but any place that makes me feel removed from modernity with plenty of natural vegetation and next to water bodies (sea, river, lakes etc..) makes me happy.
3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is and why?
The pata monkey necoz I am studied them and worked with them in the wild.
Elephants because I am in awe of them
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?
Deforestation - especially in the third world and carbon emissions especially in the first world.
5. If you could give one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?
On a person level contribute towards community action in ways that improve on habitat preservation. To policy makers at government level - invest on advertising on reducing carbon emission and imposing stiffer cost for those organizations that emit large amounts of carbon.