Finally back after my last break of this summer. I’ve just rewatched both Poaching Wars episodes. I also read that utterly ridiculous Telegraph review.
By focusing on the Tom Hardy’s clothing, gear, facial hair, etc., that reviewer commits the very sin he absurdly accuses Tom of — distraction from the issue. In effect, he is dismissing the work of those who have devoted their lives to stopping the catastrophic slaughter of elephants and rhinos.
Poaching Wars gave people on the front lines —anti-poaching fighter, rhino breeder, ranger, guard, conservationist — a chance to tell their compelling stories to a large audience. Portions of which may not have known or cared about poaching before. This happened only because someone decided to use his fame to throw light on a terrible problem. I don’t see how that is anything but a great thing.
So what can we do about poaching?
Watching Tom’s series made me want to do something, anything.
But outrage and sadness alone are not going to save animals.
Back an organization that moves you, and give them all you can, as often as you can. One of the people that Poaching Wars introduces is Tony Fitzjohn and his remarkable rehabilitation of the Mkomazi reserve. Tony Fitzjohn is now working on a huge and profoundly worthy project to restore and secure the Kora National Park. Tom has thrown his backing behind it. This project is one that we can all believe in, too.
I think Tom Hardy has the best fans in the world. So, if you’re able, why not show your love for the man — especially for his birthday, as some people are planning :) — by helping a good cause and doing something wonderful in his name. Every dollar helps and is appreciated. Forgoing a few coffees for a week amounts to $10 that can help save rhinos and lions in the Kora.
Or if that’s difficult, just take a little time to spread the word. Even the smallest things we do can help to save Mr Brrrr.
http://www.crowdrise.com/koraproject/fundraiser/KoraProject ($10 minimum)
http://www.wildlifenow.com/donate.html (Tony Fitzjohn’s conservation projects, including Kora. Here I think you can donate any amount, however small, and also use PayPal.)
Kora Project on Facebook
*Bottom photo courtesy Ants Bolingbroke-Kent on Facebook.