Welcome to the Unlikely Conservationist! A blog run by someone who is just that, what many would consider an unlikely person to devote their life to the preservation of our planets amazing creatures.
My name is Gavin Livingston and I have grown up in the zoological animal business. My family operates a private USDA licensed breeding facility in Missouri where we supply animals to primarily private zoological facilities all around the country. I had never exactly considered myself a conservationist, it wasn’t until I read a book title “In Defense of Captivity” that I realized that I had always been a conservationist and never realized it. I have devoted my life to raising animals to create sustainable captive populations to act as safeguards to extinction in the wild and what is more conservation related than that? The animal rights crowd might only think you are a conservationist if you protest the circus or donate $10 to the WWF, but that simply is not the case.
I am a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agriculture Business. After my graduation from OSU I was lucky enough to get to spend this past spring as an elephant care intern at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey’s Center for Elephant Conservation. My time there was a life changing experience because I not only fell hopelessly in love with elephants but it re ignited my fire to do everything that I can to fight back against animal rights extremists. I’m fighting back on behalf of everyone who has dedicated their lives and makes their living working with animals.
There is a very active movement by animal rights organizations in this country to destroy the human animal bond, this is done under the guise of animal welfare. When in reality it is about removing all animals from the care of humans, from elephants all the way down to dogs. This movement has gone largely unnoticed by members of the general public and they are sometimes the unwitting participants in the AR activists campaign to destroy this bond. So my hope with this blog is to address current issues affecting the zoological and agriculture industry with the facts, not the animal rights activist approach of clouding the issues with half truths and emotion.