I am the Lorax, and I speak for the trees,
and I would like to say a few words if you please.
Regarding the story that you are about to read,
it actually happened, just take it from me.
But there is more to the story than whats on the page,
so please pay attention as I set the stage.
Some days as a Ranger, I do feel like the Lorax. I feel like I am the only one who is willing to speak for the trees and the wildlife that everyone comes to see. A lot of my time is spent telling visitors that they are too close to the wildlife. That they need to back up, and give that animal more space. Most of the time I get weird looks and rude remarks that “I’m not scared” or “it’s not scared of us”. Both of those are not good enough of a reason for you to be close to a wild animal.
It is true that most animals in the park seem to be tame, or seem to not be bothered by our closeness to them. That there is a very worrying remark. The wildlife should be scared of us, should be wary if we are too close. However, after time they do no longer seem to be wary. This makes our job even more important.
I know you desperately want a beautiful close up photo of the wildlife, but please think about their wildness.
Their wildness is kept only if we respect them.
We respect them by giving them the right of way on the road, or trail.
We respect them by giving them a wide-berth and sacrificing our close-up photo and instead just enjoying the moment quietly.
It’s not about being scared, it’s about respecting that animal and not wanting to take the wildness away.
I am Ranger Kaiti May, and I speak for the wildlife everyday.
Will you join me?