Mark Hutchinson has both passion, and compassion, for the earth and its inhabitants. This feeling is demonstrated through Wild Ark, an eco-tourism company founded by Hutchinson in 2015 to educate people about the need to protect the world’s biodiversity. Through reintroducing people to what nature has to offer, he hopes to generate a desire to help with conservation, worldwide.
At 8, his family moved to Sydney. Prior to that, they moved between Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, with Mark spending much of his time with the Australian Outback as his back yard. This upbringing led to his love of all outdoors. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/
Hutchinson attended the University of Sydney and received a Bachelor of Economics degree. Subsequently, he obtained an MBA from INSEAD Business School in France. He is now working on getting a Masters in Conservation Biology at Macquarie University, in order to “be more useful” as he felt he lacked some knowledge in that area.
After receiving his MBA, Mark created UNTAMED, an adventure company that sought to get people back to nature and reconnect. Hutchinson has stated that “nature became the ultimate leveler” regardless of background.
In 2005, he went to South Africa for an EcoTraining course to allow him to qualify as an African guide. There, he met the owner, Anton Lategan. They ultimately joined forces combining training courses for guides and eco-travelers in the outback. The company, renamed Avana, became a complete training business, retaining their commitment to being green and sustainable. He parted way with Avana, which had become part of a group of training companies called Vocation, of which, Hutchinson was CEO. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/wildarkglobal/posts/538048479728461
Which leads back to Wild Ark. It was at this time that Mark Hutchinson founded Wild Ark, putting into it all his love for the wilds and the belief that people needed to become invested in our earth to save it. He states “the ultimate goal for Wild Ark is to buy, protect and restore as much high value biodiversity land as possible”. Learn more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/good-weekend/save-the-elephants-how-we-turned-a-corner-on-the-ivory-trade-20170516-gw5so2.html