Doug Gilpin - Bequest

For Wildlife Legacy Society member Doug Gilpin, a love of nature began early. "For as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed being outdoors, walking around the woods and observing wildlife," shares Doug. "And as my opportunities to experience the natural world have grown over the years, so has my appreciation of its importance."

A two week expedition in the bush of South Africa was one such opportunity. "Each day, we would go out with a ranger and walk five or six miles to document the large animals that were there," Doug recalls. "We saw lions, elephants, giraffes and all kinds of species—it was a great experience. I've done similar things since then, but that was the best."

Doug spends time enjoying nature closer to home as well. Now retired, Doug commits much of his energy to conservation efforts in his home state of Texas. He is a volunteer gardener at the Dallas Arboretum and works with local groups to clean the shoreline of White Rock Lake, a sizeable body of water just a few blocks from the home he shares with his wife Linda and their three cats.

Doug is also a long-time advocate for Defenders. "I've been a member of Defenders for over 15 years, so I can't remember how I first heard about them," Doug confesses. "But I support the organization's concentration on threatened and disappearing habitats."

"Through my travel and work in Texas, I've seen how important a healthy environment is for wildlife—and Defenders is a well-run organization that is achieving its goal to protect wildlife and habitats in a variety of ways."

As a member of the Wildlife Legacy Society, Doug will also ensure this important work continues for generations to come. "I included Defenders in my estate plans, because I know the gift will be put to a good use that I believe in—and a use I think everyone should believe in."

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