"If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls."
– Jane Goodall
Animals. They never cease to amaze me and will always bring a smile to my face. The things I cherish the most on Earth are the beasts that inhabit it. I love animals and I want to protect them for future generations. This planet would not be ‘home’ if it were missing such valuable creatures.
My love for animals has always been with me. When I was a child, I idolized Steve Irwin, secretly wishing he was my dad. I looked up to my uncle, who at the time was a Paleontologist. I had dreams of becoming a Marine Biologist, working with whales and dolphins. Somewhere along the way those dreams got squashed (probably because I was no good at math or science). I didn’t invest in those dreams, and that is something I deeply regret…
"The least I can do is speak out for those
who cannot speak for themselves."
– Jane Goodall
Do you ever feel like you aren’t living the life you were meant to live? Lately, it’s become apparent that something is ‘off’. Everyday I feel like I should be doing more to give back to nature and the creatures that live in it. Everyday I feel restless.
The welfare of animals and the conservation of our planet have always been at the back of my mind. Recently, they have found a secure spot at the very front. It’s taken me a long time to realize that if I don’t become more involved in animal welfare and environmental conservation, I may never feel truly content or happy. I see this realization as a turning point in my life. I’m giving serious thought to a career shift, but until that path is clear and I’m able to walk it, I have to find ways to get involved and start doing something.
"If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched.
Humans want to save things that they love."
– Steve Irwin
Even though I have mixed feelings about animal captivity, I’ve decided to become a volunteer at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. Because zoos (and similar institutions) are a heated topic for animal rights activists, this has been a tough decision for me. While I am still on the fence about animal captivity, volunteering at the zoo will allow me to see the inner workings of these institutions, and I’ll form a more solid stance on the issue. I am fully behind the mission of Woodland Park Zoo, which is to, “Save animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.” That is the main reason I finally decided to volunteer, because I want to learn more about their conservation efforts.
One awesome thing about volunteering at the zoo is that I’ll have lots of opportunities to take pictures. Photographing animals has become a bit of an obsession for me, and I'm looking forward to growing my collection below.
Sending peace and love to animals everywhere, and to all the people that protect them.