Sometimes I think that it is a bit naïve of me to write my about my thoughts and my meetings with animals when so many animals and nature in general are suffering so much right now because of us, humans.
As an ad was saying in a car in the Unites States: “We are winning the war against nature”… So yes, it is definitely naive of me. But I did think it through though: we received already enough bad news every day and through many forms of media, why add more?
When I was young, I imagined a day where I would see on the news that the animals I loved so much were extinct… and during these past few years, this news became true. For example, the extinction of the Yangtze River Dolphin in 2007, the West African black rhinoceros subspecies and the Javan rhino in Vietnam. Very depressing.
Moreover, this makes us feel powerless because they are thing that happen far away from us. But what is currently happening where we live? How can we improve what we already have around us? You see what’s happening, it is precisely what I don’t wish to talk about, because I don’t want my environmental educator side to take over!
As my Mum recalls, since I was a little girl, I’ve always been concerned about animals that were to die and she remembers my book “Lo que se van” [meaning “Those Who Left Us”] by Juan Carlos Chevez.
To her, the title seemed quite sad and I would carry the book with me everywhere I went. You can easily find information about in on the Internet. So my main goal in these pages — virtual for now — is to make you smile, bring you memories, introduce you to some incredible animals that I met, among other things.
And if you know me personally or if you wish to know a little bit more about me; to learn about my past and what kind of life I had, how this calling that I have made me the person that I am today.
I really hope you’ll have the chance and the patience to accompany during this trip down memory lane.
Author: Helena Arroyo
Translation: Noëlla Moussa