Q&A with Wildlife Madagascar’s 200th Member: Alex Chambosse

Tell us a bit about yourself. How would someone you know describe you?

I think I would be described as hard working, family oriented, and a bit silly at times.    

Who or what inspires you?

I can’t say that only one person inspires me; my whole family, their friends, and my beautiful girlfriend do. They are such great people, welcoming, understanding, patient, and always wanting the best for others.  

What book have you read or film have you seen that made a big impression on you?

When I was in high school I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and it has stuck with me ever since. I’ve probably read the book six times. Although the message in the book lacks subtlety, I have always been drawn to one’s “Personal Legend” and believe the universe conspires to help those who pursue their dreams.    

Have you had a particularly memorable experience with animals or nature?

When I was 19, I went on a two-week trip to Costa Rica with my family. I’ll never forget being in the middle of the jungle, half of my body in an inner tube, sitting in a concrete water slide with a massive tank filling up behind me (definitely not OSHA approved). They would open the gate to the tank, and I would fly down the side of the mountain through the jungle. On one of my many trips down, I saw a monkey—though I’m not sure of the species—jump over the water slide.   

What draws you to support wildlife conservation and education?

I support wildlife conservation and education because I love all animals and want future generations to experience the richness and diversity of wildlife.   

What do you find interesting about Madagascar?

I find the biodiversity of all the plants and animals only found in Madagascar to be the most interesting.  

Why did you become a member of Wildlife Madagascar? What about this organization is meaningful to you?

My mom told me to… just kidding. My mom did introduce me to the Wildlife Madagascar organization, but it was attending Tim Eppley’s book signing in San Diego that truly opened my eyes to the importance of their work. Everyone involved is so passionate about Madagascar and lemurs that their enthusiasm is infectious. It makes you want to take notice and help in any way you can.