At the age of just five years old, Ruby Dunstan began attending the innocuously termed "residential school" near her village. In the first few days, she was beaten by the supervisors for not obeying orders correctly — however she, like other native children at the school, only spoke an indigenous language and didn’t understand English!
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Over time, thousands of people came to visit Merve and his "Wildwood" forest to learn about his alternative to the predominant "clear-cut" industrial forestry that had laid waste to forests in Canada and around the world.
Désiré Rabary used his modest earnings as a nature guide in northern Madagascar to purchase an endangered forest near his home in order to protect it.