05 May '11, 8pm

Jan and Alexandra Cousteau celebrate the family business of conservation

Jan and Alexandra Cousteau celebrate the family business of conservation

Jan Cousteau’s own impressive contributions as a conservationist mesh neatly with the family story. A former fashion model, she married Philippe Cousteau Sr. in 1967 and joined the Cousteau team on several expeditions, serving as cook, photographer and paramedic among other roles. After Philippe Sr. died in a plane accident in 1979, she raised Alexandra and Alexandra’s younger brother Philippe Pierre, working as a wildlife rehabilitator. She and her children helped raise beavers, dolphins, deer and walrus that wouldn’t have survived on their own, and she worked to instill in her children a respect for the natural world. “The responsibility was keen on them from the time they were little,” Jan said.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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