Day 113: Help needed!
Please help me decide where to go next! Answers on a postcard!
Thank you to all of you that gave me some lovely advice on my last blog post.
I’ve decided to listen to both Leo and my heart (and to all of you brilliant readers who seem to enjoy my rather embarassing honesty) – the way forward is to keep going as I am, responding directly but sometimes clumsily, but also to find some unusual and colourful situations where I can try and make a difference. An honest and personal story but one with a real drama.
I will be going soon to do some final work on the poor dogs in the Phillipines dog-meat trade (if all goes to plan) but in the meantime I am going to try and find a great story about helping wild animals. The problem is…
And how do I help?
Saving Brazilian wildlife
I thought perhaps Brazil – partly because I love that country, partly because I have a lot of brazilian friends, but when I googled ‘wild animal rescue Brazil’ I got this.
My point is not to shock you or even pass comment on the close relationship between man and the wild but purely to show you that finding a story aint that easy.
I applied some strict criteria to see if this might make a good story.
1) does this creature need help?
2) Will saving it make a dramatic story?
3) Will anyone care?
I had a marginal fail.
What I need is a story and a place that fulfills the following:
1) A location where wild animals are suffering either directly or indirectly at the hands of humans
(I want to go somewhere fairly dramatic and different enough from the UK that makes a strong contrast. But preferably somewhere they can understand English)
2) An organisation or set of individuals who or small enough in number that I can make a meaningful difference
(There is NO point me working with a large organisation where I’ll be bound by rules and regs and end up filing the accounts. Also, I want to go somewhere)
3) A situation where I can physically get involved and save lives.
(As much as I would like to save whales or gorillas or elephants the chance that I can do so with my own hands is limited. I need to pick my battles…)
Examples might include (although these are TOTALLY fictitious)
– A man in the Amazon who single handedly catches and rehomes snakes that are being hunted to extinction
– A couple in Ethiopia who dedicate their lives to … er… saving Ostriches from being hit by…er…trucks.
– A small fella in the fillipines who finds freshwater frogs and saves then from the fish-flu.
– You get my drift.