What causes a person to wade for 40 years through swampy habitats and expend a lot of effort for his passion, where he almost turns into a turtle himself?
His education, his private environment and the possibilities for an income are all influenced. It was probably the personal encounter with an archaic species, millions of years old—his look or a recent hatchling.
The result of these encounters creates a commitment to creative approaches that perhaps can redeem us. Specifically in recent years, he has focused on captive breeding of wild endangered turtles, native species and giant salamanders.