Wild Ark founder, Mark Hutchinson was on the For The Wild Radio Program on September 8th, 2016. During the interview, Mark described his experiences that led him to create a conservation and eco-tourism business. He also described some of his past failures and how he moved past them. Below are some highlights of the interview Mark Hutchinson did with For The Wild.
The first question posed to Mark Hutchinson was where did he grow up and what were some of his early memories of being in the bush (wilderness). Mr. Hutchinson describes that he grew up in an area that is in between Queensland and New South Wales. He recalls moving around a lot because his father would constantly have to change locations for work. When he was eight, his family finally settled down in the city of Sydney.
Mark Hutchinson said that his family would always head out to the countryside and outback whenever they could. They would spend time on farms visiting friends and exploring the outback. Mark says that he grew up with open space, the outback and long dusty railroads all around him. This made him appreciate the beauty of the natural world and how important it is to conserve it for future generations. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/
Next, For The Wild asked Mr. Hutchinson would led him to create his own adventure company out of college. Mr. Hutchinson says that he spent his first year after school working on a sheep ranch in the Northern Territories of Australia. During this time, he says that the idea of traveling the land on a 4 x 4 pickup truck seemed to be one of the coolest things you can do. Learn more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/good-weekend/save-the-elephants-how-we-turned-a-corner-on-the-ivory-trade-20170516-gw5so2.html
Hardened and inspired by his sheep tending work in the Northern Territories of Australia, Mark Hutchinson decided to pursue his dream of creating a wilderness adventure business. Mr. Hutchinson realized he needed some business background to launch his new venture. So, he went on to study at the University of Sydney where he majored in economics. He then launched a personal training company that was small but provided just enough thrills and excitement for his customers. Learn more: https://www.ecotraining.co.za/about/owners