years, I kept this website rather anonymous. But then it occurred to me
that maybe, you, the visitor, would actually enjoy knowing who and what is
behind all this. I am Daan
Vreugdenhil, have a PhD in conservation ecology, and dedicated
my career of 4
decades to the conservation of nature, for which I visited some 80
countries and learned 6 foreign languages, my native language being Dutch.
I have always felt that conservation
is a passion, not a profession.
As a child, my father would take me on the back
of his bicycle into the meadows in Holland, where he taught me to identify
birds and plants.
I caught frogs, butterflies and lizards as pets (yes, most of those poor
critters died shortly after). As a teenager, I joined a
youth club for nature study, riding my bike every weekend with my fellow club
members to nature reserves in the Netherlands where I grew up. Little
wonder, when time came I studied ecology and natural resources management.
I guess, 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 speed
bike. Often people ask me if I don't get tired of traveling. But how can
one ever get tired of the beauty of the bright colours of Indian Fall, the
thrill of an eagle soaring the sky, the thunder of Iguaçu Falls, the
fragrance of a spring flower, a Sky Lark announcing spring, a herd of
elephants roaming the plains. My entire life has been dedicated to the
conservation of nature.
This website is my gift to you, so you can follow
me in my passion and carry on the flame of conservation, the result of
more than a decade of work for which I never got paid or never received
any subsidy. 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 animals and plants.