Candid Interview with the Founder and Owner of Wild Ark Conservatoire

Mark Hutchinson or Hutch has spent the better part of the last couple of decades in the great wildernesses of Australia and Africa. Hutch’s passion for conservation culminated in the formation of Wild Ark in 2016. The environmentalist grew up taming wild stallions, fly-fishing and herding sheep in his native Australia.


Mark’s adventurous spirit led him to traverse the African continent at 19. A few years later, Mark opened his first eco-tourism company, UNTAMED. UNTAMED later changed its name to Avana before being sold in 2013. Wild Ark seeks to enlighten the masses on the importance of safeguarding the planet for the sake of future generations. Mark Hutchinson made the following revelations during a recent interview with Wild Ark. Learn more:


Earliest memories


As a child, Mark’s family always moved around. Mark remembers spending quality time in farms situated in New South Wales, Queensland, and Sydney. That’s where Mark’s passion and allure of the great wide open outdoors began.


Inspiration behind UNTAMED


Mark recalls spending his school breaks riding 4*4’s in the dirt roads of the Outback. Soon the entrepreneur realized that his passion could turn to be a profitable venture. That’s how his personal jackarooing training business came about. In the same year, Mark enrolled at the University of Sydney to pursue a degree in Economics.


Launching Avana


In 2008, Hutch returned to his native Australia and began contemplating his next business move. Mark opted to head to France to study for an MBA course. In the interview, the environmentalist dubs the move to France as one of the best life decisions he’s ever made. He studied at the INSEAD Business School in France.


In 2010, Mark rebranded UNTAMED to Avana. Avana trained guides and lodge owners on developing sustainable and green tourist attractions. Business was booming at Avana and Hutch quickly made a decision to take his venture public. The IPO was, however, a huge flop with massive losses for all the stakeholders involved. Eventually, Mark was forced to abandon the training programs.


Typical Day


Mark is a father to four girls. In the mornings, Hutch prefers to hit the ocean for a long swim. In the late afternoons, he enjoys taking the daughters out for a pleasant stroll in the nearby bush. Additionally, the entrepreneur spends time replying emails and calls from his clients. Learn more:


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