There Is Hope for Wildlife
Docent, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Los Angeles, CA
To truly protect wildlife, people need to be aware that large mammals are dependent on entire ecosystems with a variety of plants and smaller animals. The Los Angeles Zoo has become the “Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens” and now the new reptile house, the LAIR, also includes insects.
Meet Southern California’s Wildlife
Zoos also attract wildlife. These animals can be just as important as the animals in the zoo enclosures. Learn as much as you can about these native creatures.
With every season birds and insects will stop in your zoo to rest, nest or while migrating north or south. We want to welcome them. They will become our friends and help us explain the importance of all living things to other people.
We all have a little paradise around us. I always say, “Look for it and you will find it.” If we want to share knowledge and help other countries, we also have to learn about, protect, save and love the flora and fauna we have around us.
No matter where you live, you have hundreds of neighbors that you don’t even know. They are in the air, on the ground, in the soil and in the water. No one needs to drive or fly thousands of miles or go around the world. Just look at your own jungle, it is here to be discovered.
Connect People with Everyday Wildlife – Dragonflies
Unlike birds, you don’t have to get up early to see dragonflies. The middle of the day is perfect. Many dragonflies, if approached cautiously, will allow you to get within a few feet of them.
PowerPoint as a Powerful Tool
With a PowerPoint presentation you can introduce people to small animals or rare local creatures that people might not have noticed before. Let us use this powerful technology for the benefit of what we love and what we want to save.
If you show your own pictures, it is a plus for your audience. You will spend hours and hours outdoors taking hundreds of pictures before you find the one you really like. You will not only be taking photos, but collecting very precious and unique moments of what is going on in the world of nature.
“Yes, I am also a hunter. It’s a catch and release hunt with a trophy photo, not a head for my wall.”
I’m trying something different with my presentations and I am very pleased with the result. My slides are self explanatory, with a little to read on each one. I also ask the audience to wait until the end of the show to ask questions. Lots of time the speaker is interrupted to answer a question that would have been answered a few minutes later. I have tried this approach several times with great success.
Finding New Ways to Be a Docent
Remember, you are never too old to learn. Yes, with age your memory is not what it used to be, but you will find new ways to do things. PowerPoint presentations can open a whole new avenue for reaching new audiences of people and introducing them to the wildlife that surrounds them every day.
It is a great pleasure for me to have the privilege and opportunity to present for the AZAD Convention.