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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!


October 11, 2008

Markus Hoffmann

Agricola Aiko de Talamanca, S.A. (Costa Rica)

Today’s Date: 2 July 2008

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

maybe an owl that sat about 5 m in front of me and my girlfriend in the Costa Rican rainforest. Huge, impressive, beautyful, absolutely silent. A white rhino that almost - accidentally - attacked us in South africa was also quite stunning experience...

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

Yes, the alps.

Now? the alps, the atlantic ocean around Galicia, the Costa Rica Rainforest

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

There’s no one favorite animal - i like the interaction of all life.

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?


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

think about what you really need and limit yourself to that. If there’s something you really need (to do), do it with the least impact possible.

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