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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!


January 08, 2009

Dr Philip Seddon

Director of the Wildlife Management Programme - University of Otago

Today’s Date: 23 July 2008

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

Holiday job as undergraduate student working on Yellow-eyed penguins.

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

Coastal forests

Now? Coastal forests and alpine regions, but with an awe of deep deserts following 9 years in Saudi Arabia

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

No favourites

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?

Changing habitat suitability due to global climate change, and its impact on the distribution of indigenous biodiversity

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

Humans are part of, not apart from "nature" - we can't act as if we are not just a big primate with a disproportionate impact on our environment.

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