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75 Reasons to Become a Scientist

American Scientist celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary

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1988-097Reasons75FZZ.jpgClick to Enlarge ImageI became a field biologist out of love for animals and a preference for a quiet life in the wilderness. The animals I have observed, such as tiger, mountain gorilla, and giant panda, not only satisfied a sense of wonder by their beauty and elegance, but also they enabled me to become an explorer both in the intellectual and physical realms. At first I studied animals out of curiosity and for pleasure. But noting with dismay the exponential destruction of our wildlife, I now strive for an ideal beyond science: I help fight for the future of all species.

George B. Schaller
Wildlife Conservation International / New York Zoological Society





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