AN IDEA THAT CAN---PROBABLY---SAVE ANY ENDANGERED ANIMAL.
LET ME SHOW YOU HOW IT WORKS---WITH ALLIGATORS---CONSIDERED AN ENDANGERED SPECIES SOME 20 ODD YEARS AGO.
Jeff does a thorough pre flight check of his helicopter.
Provides me with noise deadening headgear that allows normal conversation.
Up and over his rooftop---fantastic feeling---as near as we can come to a magic carpet ride.
West Monroe ---affluent---lovely---and now famous
as the home of the Duck Dynasty family---they live down there--(middle left)
A few minutes and we look down on his main--facility---growing about 60,000 gators.
He circles me round his Texas-sized "ranch"---has it's own swamp.
Looking down the hallway of one of the 8 buildings. I noted they are super insulated and super clean.
Opened door---light shone into a warm---normally darkened room. About a hundred of them scurry about and dive from sight. That's fresh water going in.
Another dead one is spotted and this calls for immediate action. Miguel---without hesitation steps into the 3 ft deep waters---retrieves the body.
Hands it to Jeff and hurries out.
A death is a matter of considerable concern---It could the first sign of West Nile virus. With Millions of dollars at stake---the whole team focus on the body.
Naturally, I ask Miguel if he ever gets bit. He shows me several scars.
The team conferences outside---at length---discussing the possibilities and what corrective measures will be taken. In this case--draining and sterilizing the pool---walls and floors.
Also, the body is packed in ice and sent to a vet for a post-mortem.
Here's my favorite photo of the day---the wind-up conversation between Jeff and Miguel. I see in the body language here friendship and respect of team members. I observed carefully for tone and dominance posturing---AND SAW NONE. I concluded that two reasons for his success are attention to detail and generous employee relations.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: En route home I asked Jeff for some secrets of his success. He says that his Mother instilled fundamental values and that his dad modeled a great work ethic---AND ESPECIALLY GENEROSITY. His father --A medical doctor practiced giving as earnestly as he practiced medicine.
Jeff seems to have "caught" the generosity bug---seems to enjoy sharing ---house, pool, weekend retreat, food, money and time.
This is only half the story----will pick it up here tomorrow--show you the end game process and tell you of a world wide movement mimicking the gator technique that can save almost all endangered species.