Hi, my name is Daan Vreugdenhil; I have a PhD in conservation ecology and dedicated my career of 4 decades to conservation, for which I visited more than 80 countries and learned 6 languages. I have always felt that conservation is a passion, not a profession.
As a child, my father would take me on his bicycle into the meadows in Holland, where he taught me to identify birds and plants. I caught frogs, butterflies and lizards as pets. As a teenager, I joined a youth club for nature study; every weekend, my fellow club members and I we rode our bikes to study in nature reserves. Little wonder, when time came, I studied ecology and natural resources management.
I never got over my love for nature, wild places, forests, deserts and wild animals. I still love hitting the trail, kayaking down a river, the wind in my ears when skiing down a slope or riding my bike. Often people ask me if I don't get tired of traveling. How can one ever get tired of the beauty of the bright colours of Indian Summer (autumn), the thrill of an eagle soaring in the sky, the thunder of Iguaçu Falls, the smell of flowers, a jubilant Sky Lark in the spring, Elephants roaming the plains. My entire life has been dedicated to nature conservation.
This website - the result of 15 years of unpaid work - is my gift to you, so you can follow me in my passion and carry on the flame of conservation. If this website in any way was useful to you, then I invite you to make a donation to the Adopt A Ranger Foundation. The Adopt A Ranger Foundation is my latest contribution in my quest to save 10% of our planet as a home for birds, other animals and plants. Help spread the word with your "FB likes", etc.