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Meet some interesting people - from pioneers of rehabilitation to the latest innovators.

"I call them the Wild Innocents. There’s no guile or spite or revenge with them… human nature has those qualities, not the animals." [more]

"Ecotourism, if approached appropriately, can be a very sound conservation strategy that benefits wildlife and local peoples."

"If we can't treat our world of wildlife with the same respect we'd like to have for each other, then there's little hope for us as a species." [more]

"Well, sometimes you've got to kiss a lot of toads before you find a prince, and God knows I've kissed a lot of toads."

"With rehabilitation, we all do this as a way to offset man's damage, and our ignorance and our arrogance. But when we look at what has an impact, it has to be education. " [more]

"At least there are places where we know they're not going to buy, they're not going to sell, they're not going to trade and they're not going to breed."

Circuses are... "not the way that any child should see animals, being abused! There is never a tiger in the world who wants to jump through hoops of fire. Never!" [more]

"Philosophy and art do not contradict working with animals. On the contrary, I think it has much to do with dealing with animals."

" The IWRC has got to become more international - I mean spread out of America. It's got to reach the other continents and countries, translate material into different languages, getting help from active rehabbers all over." [more]

" We have to learn to truly value and respect everything and know that we have to share the world with the animals that were here to begin with. We have a responsibility to them, to make their environment safe and to allow them to live in peaceful coexistence with us." [more]

"Every single tree that is removed from the forest is the home of some wild creature.  We're letting these kids meet one and look into the eyes of one animal that is the living embodiment of habitat loss or the victim of habitat loss. When we leave that school and they think about a red-tailed hawk, they think about the personal responsibility they have" [more]