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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

Susan Smith

Wildlife Ecologist

Jul 23, 2009

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

All childhood interactions and facilitated by my parents and grandparents.

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

Childhood: the southern Piedmont Now: The SE US Coastal Plain

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

Life cannot exist without other life. Its kinda like asking which is my favorite body part (hum, brain or heart...)- all parts work together.

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?

The biodiversity crisis. The biodiversity crisis. An early example, Costanza et al. 1997, spells it out in dollars and cents. We cease to exist without biodiversity.

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

We have to, as a society, set aside large expanses of land for nature. Nature has to be able to do its thing and it can't in little fragments like National Parks. Its a daunting task, but if we choose to connect the fragments of nature that remain, we may just stand a chance.

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