Louise was the first person to respond to my ‘A Sneaking Suspicion’ email. Louise and her husband Dave are good friends of mine. Dave and I (at the time) were training together in karate in Manly, Sydney. Dave is a full time zoo keeper and ‘defender’ for Australian Tasmanian Devils. I find them both to be inspirational.
Email 25.10.06 at 11.29am
“Hmmmm…. Well seeing as yesterday I bought David Suzuki’s autobiography, your email is rather timely!
Yes the environmental message is a big part of my work at the Zoo. It’s like being an unofficial ambassador for the conservation of animals – and that’s a huge motivation to keep doing the job, even if a 2nd job is the last thing I need to be doing. And it gets harder to talk about species that are dying out thanks to us. This week it really bothered me that there are only @ 500 Sumatran Tigers left, thanks to us destroying its home and poaching it. And here in Sydney we have our animal activists fighting to stop 5 elephants coming to the zoo. I just think there are much bigger issues to fight instead of harassing an organization that is FOR animal and species longevity.
Have you seen “Inconvenient Truth”? I haven’t – waiting till 21st Nov for t to come out on DVD. And you may want to check out (link removed as it no longer existed) the 10 things you can do…
And I would love to walk against warming, but I am now working on that day at the studio.
Yeap, you’ve pressed my buttons (can you tell).
Would lurv to hear about what you’ve learnt.