Wild Ark – article recap

For WildArk founder Mark Hutchinson, living in and protecting nature isn’t just his job but his way of life. Before founding WildArk, Hutchinson was born and raised in Australia living amongst wildlife in the Australian countryside. He spent holidays with his family on farms and the Outback. After high school he lived as a jackaroo, living off of the land in Northern Australia before driving across the entire length of Africa. He was inspired by his time traveling the countryside, and after earning a degree in Economics from a University in Sydney he decided to start UNTAMED, an adventure company. He wanted people to reconnect with nature who normally spent time away from it in luxury holiday spots. He even met his wife, Sophie, in those early days. Over time UNTAMED grew into a new company called Avana, which focused on ecotourism and training business. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/

 

After Avana was sold into a public company Hutchinson decided to step out of the corporate world. His ultimate desire to connect people to nature was realized with his company WildArk. WildArk accomplishes the dual purposes of inspiring people to appreciate nature while preserving fragile ecosystems throughout the world. He wanted to focus more on preserving and protecting nature with WildArk than he did with his previous company. Part of their dream is to acquire land and rehabilitate it. They also want to re-establish wildlife corridors around National Parks. Learn more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/good-weekend/save-the-elephants-how-we-turned-a-corner-on-the-ivory-trade-20170516-gw5so2.html

 

Hutchinson has gone back to school multiple times to grow his understanding of business and conservation in order to improve his work. He has a family now and raises them living part of their life in the wild and growing an appreciation for it. He constantly connects with and learns from people more skilled than he is in different trades and skills connected to conservation. Though he runs a business, he likes to spend as much time as possible outside and in the Bush. He strives to be open to new ideas and trying new things. He knows listening to all ideas and relying on the strengths of his team is important to the success of his company. Learn more: http://wildark.com/blog/mark-hutchinson-for-the-wild/