Superman actor Henry Cavill explains why he is doing his bit for wildlife conservation.
How did you first get involved with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust?
It was as simple as contacting them and asking if they would like to start a relationship together. Of course however, I’ve known about them since I was a very young boy.
Why did you decide to become an ambassador for the Trust?
The earth is a finely balanced place that is structured by its ecosystems, which in turn are developed and maintained by the animals that live within each system. It would be a great sadness to lose entire species because of our ignorance of issues, and the world as we know it will change the more species that we lose. I’ve always enjoyed animal documentaries of all varieties and the animal kingdom has always fascinated me. To get to actually be a part of these projects was something that had enormous appeal.
Do you think it is important for actors or individuals who have prominence in the media to speak up for conservation?
I do. As I said, everything we know is part of a complicated series of balances. If one ecosystem collapses then the other next door may do also and so on. It would be a sad thing to continue losing species when we actually have the ability to save them now. To lose something forever is a terrible thing.
When did your love for wildlife begin?
When I was a boy, through visits to Durrell Wildlife Centre, which then continued through watching documentaries.
What is your favourite animal and why?
I’ve mentioned the aye-aye before because it is an extraordinarily fascinating little creature, but the truth is there is no particular favourite. There are so many things to like about all kinds of animals and species that it’d be hard to chose any one in particular.
What can World of Animals readers do to make a difference?
There are plenty of organisations out there that do make a difference. My advice would be to educate yourself on which organisations do what and then research more into a particular one. Some organisations such as Durrell have academies, where you can take a short course in conservation or longer, more career-based course. As is often the line, “every little helps”. So even if it’s just a little bit here and there, it makes a difference. Durrell also does adoption packs, which won’t break the bank but will allow you to help out and become part of the family.
Do you think people now see you as the superman of the conservation world as well as on the big screen?
I’m nowhere close to that yet! If I’m making waves at all however, then I’m glad to be making some kind of difference.
If you would like to support conservation work at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust or learn more about Henry’s involvement, visit his website: cavillconservation.com
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