Category: Eco-Tourism

The Story of Mark Hutchinson, Founder of Wild Ark

Humanity relies upon the natural resources provided by our planet, but more than that is the inspirational splendor of the natural world. The environmental conservation group Wild Ark works to secure and protect the greenbelts of Earth, and to inspire others to protect the natural world. Greenbelts are regions of wild or underdeveloped land located near urban settlements that are chosen to act as barriers to urban sprawl and any unnecessary development that seeks to exploit or spoil the land.

In 2015, Mark Hutchinson founded Wild Ark after selling his ecotourism business, Avana. With his passion for adventuring and wildlife, he left the corporate world with a mission to protect the world’s fragile ecosystems.

 

Childhood

Mark Hutchinson grew up in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, where he spent his childhood fly-fishing, herding sheep, riding horses, and exploring wombat holes. His exposure to the wide-open spaces of the Australian Outback left an impression on him from an early age. When he was eight years old, his father moved to Sydney, Australia for a new job, and from then on, the young Mark Hutchinson was limited to Holiday excursions in the Outback. Learn more: http://wildark.com/blog/mark-hutchinson-for-the-wild/

 

Anton Lategan

The schooling Mark Hutchinson received included an EcoTraining course located in South Africa where he became a qualified guide. While taking the course, he met and became best friends with Anton Lategan who would later become his business partner. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/

 

UNTAMED

Once Hutchinson finished school, he spent a year as a jackaroo, and was able to reconnect with the wildlands of Australia through fishing and camping. When he was 19 years old, he traveled across Africa in a car, and the experience inspired him to create the adventuring and training company, UNTAMED. In 2013, he sold UNTAMED to a corporation, but later, UNTAMED failed to thrive under the new leadership, leaving Hutchinson despondent with corporate life. Two years later, he left the corporate world altogether, freeing him to find a new way to interact with the natural world.

 

The Birth of Wild Ark

With the sum of his adventures in the natural world, Hutchinson founded Wild Ark to re-wild abandoned land that nature had already begun to reclaim. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/wildarkglobal/posts/538048479728461