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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!


March 13, 2010

Ken Schneider

Retired Physician

Jul 23, 2009

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

As a child,walking in the snow with my Dad, tracking rabbits.

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

The undeveloped flood plain of the Passaic River in Rutherford, NJ was my "playground." It is now entirely developed. Now I especially like mountains-- anywhere.

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

Probably domestic dogs are my "favorites," though any bird in my binoculars is an instant "favorite." For its beauty, the Painted Bunting ranks highest.

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?

Over-development (urban sprawl) and all the waste of resources that accompanies it.

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

Respect and preserve them. Think of pollution as a resource, but in the wrong place.

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