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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!


September 18, 2010

Patricia Yarrow, M.A.

English Instructor - Meiji Gakuin University

July 23, 2009

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

My cat for the animal. "Nature" is too large a question since I am surrounded by it 24 x 7. It's a constant source of inspiration, from my potted plants to gardens of the past to being "out" in nature of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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

The "off limits" cattle pond in the Texas panhandle. Only source of swimming water and shade in miles. Now...the Daitokuji temple grounds in Kyoto. Real outdoors would still be Yosemite National Park, seconded by Glacier National Park.

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

One that is not in a cage. The large free-range zoos are the closest to keeping out-of-luck wild animals in humane, none-traumatizing captivity. Favorite seems to be whichever one I am gazing upon. Still, I do find the zebra endlessly fascinating. Tropical fish, too. Enough of the penguins, though. Wish the African large animals were safe at home, on the range. Especially for elephants and rhinos.

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?

Now: the pillaging of the planet by short-sighted profit seekers. Future: the recovery of the planet from the same. If possible. I am not convinced. Go Obama.

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

Turn off the tv and pay attention to your life for sustainable practices. Do what you can and join others. Use the internet.

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