British actor Henry Cavill is ambassador to the causes Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Royal Marines Charity. He participates in events and campaigns to publicize and raise funds for these projects, counting on his help. Follow our Charity Updates to learn more about these serious institutions, their projects, and how to collaborate with these causes.
On Tuesday, 16, Henry posted a video of his morning walk in Kal’s company to tell him how excited he is with this Durrell initiative, and also inviting people to know the details.
If Gerald Durrell were alive, he would be 100 years old in 2025. The date is the milestone for ReWild to achieve the results of revitalizing at least 10 biomes in ecosystems around the world (including Brazil), recovering 100 endangered species, more than 500 projects for endangered species working more efficiently, and also having 1 million people more connected with nature.
Durrell is planning an Annual Day to celebrate ‘Rewilding’ in the world called ‘Go Wild for Durrell Day’, and the date chosen was February 23.
With a request for help Durrell invited in their networks, all those who can raise values to keep the projects around the world:
“Did you know that it costs over £8 million per annum to run Durrell globally? Since 1959, we’ve been on a mission to save species from extinction. We’ve made great progress, but need your support to continue our work as the world’s animals and their habitats face constant threat. They need your help now, more than ever.”
The proposal is that #GoWildForDurrellDay businesses, schools and donors in general, take the challenge and raise funds by showing their “Wild” side, with games inspired by the species protected by Durrell, encouraging others to help.
You will still know a lot about ReWild here with Portal in the next editions of the updates, but for details of how to contribute now to a more wild, healthy and colorful world, go to www.durrell.org/go-wild
Another highlight on the Durrell Academy page were the workshops held last month here in Brazil.
One of them took place at the Guarulhos Zoo, co-organized by Leandro Jerusalinsky and Monica Montenegro from ICMBio and Claudia Igayara from the Guarulhos Zoo, in partnership with Durrell, the seminar “Conservation of Callitrichid and Creation Workshop: working together to save the species “was attended by Durrell Academy Director Tim Wright, Mammal Leader Dominic Wormell and Glendewar Gale, a member of the mammal team at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The following themes were addressed: strategies to guarantee wild populations threatened by fragmentation and hybridization; conservation efforts; integration of captives and with wild populations; development of long-term strategies for species restoration; protocols in captivity.
Also on the agenda of the events in Brasil last month was a visit to the Mata dos Corredores project to protect the Black Lion Tamarin – which we have already shown here in the Portal – where Gabriela Rezende, who coordinates the project by the IPE Institute and former DESMAN student at Durrell Academy, recorded a shared video on the Academy page.
“Gaby mentions the plan to add artificial nests to the Tree Runner to provide safe sleeping areas for the monkeys in the future. Tree runners, though very young, (new trees are 6 years old) will provide food for the monkeys. The only thing missing are safe holes, only found in older trees. The plan is to provide artificial nests in these young runners. At the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust We conducted research to find out which would be the best designs in terms of preference and providing security for potential predators. “
Watch the video at Durrell’s facebook page!
And we will be closing Durrell’s updates this week with this beautiful photo of Diogo Lagroteria, also a former Durrell do Sagüi Academy student named “Buffy” – Callithrix aurita – taken during the workshops in São Paulo.
The species was highlighted in conservationists’ lectures, and is highly endangered and found only in isolated forest habitats scattered throughout the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais.
The Royal Marines have given special prominence this week to expeditions and challenges that are either underway or about to begin, and raise funds for the Royal Marines Charity, of which actor Henry Cavill is ambassador.
The Royal Marines’ networks began the week highlighting the challenge of crossing Lee Spencer’s “The Rowling Marine” from Gibraltar to Venezuela, raising funds for the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavor Fund.
Spencer will row alone and unsupported 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, from Gibraltar and ending in Venezuela, a feat of extraordinary physical and mental stamina, where Lee will compete with 30-foot waves, have few hours of sleep, and many moments extreme fatigue and loneliness.
Lee will try to finish the crossing in less than 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes, to win a Guinness Book world record, showing that “there is life after the injury.”
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Another crossing that we talked about in the last update that also collects funds for the Royal Marines Charity and the Veterans Wildlife is Exped Orange.
During the week an interview was made with former Royal Marine and leader of the Glen Steyn expedition, granted to LimitlessPursuits.com
He said that he analyzed all the details of the route by assessing risks, in addition to listing the necessary items in the travel kit, preparing for the temperature differences (such as the cold in the Lesotho mountain ranges and the heat of almost 45ºC when approaching the border of the desert of Namibia), and the question of regime of training and feeding.
Glen will have a partner in the crossing and highlights the importance of mental preparation to meet the challenge: “Most importantly though I have to be mentally prepared and I have no doubt in my mind that we will complete this expedition.”
He also spoke abaout challenge: “I am looking forward to meeting the diverse people who live beside the river and seeing the variety of landscapes that Southern Africa has to offer. I envisage the toughest times will be when we have uneventful and potentially boring days. When our bodies and minds start to fatigue from the mileage we have to do day in and day out, that will be when we have to really dig deep.”
Exped Orange will travel through three countries in Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia. Beginning in the Lesotho highlands, the route will follow the source river until the river reaches the Atlantic Ocean.
There will be 2200KM completely without help or support as support points, for example.
The Royal Marines also unveiled their regrets and honors from members of the military community around the world for the passing of Captain Ricky Jolly last weekend.
Considered a hero in the Falklands War, surgeon Rick Jolly of Torpoint, Cornwall: “saved the life of every British serviceman he treated. He was also the only person to have been decorated by both Britain and Argentina for his service during the Falklands War.”
After the war, Captain Jolly wrote books and gave lectures to share his experiences on the conflict. He received recognition from the Queen and also the Order of May (May order) from Argentina for his service during the war.
Several Commandos members paid homage to Jolly on social networks.
And to close the Royal Marines week updates let’s talk about 65 Degrees North, (65DN), which aims to assist in the rehabilitation of wounded ex-servicemen, offering the opportunity to participate in a challenging adventure. Changing the perception of physical and mental disability through the 65DN hope in the ‘Spirit Adventurer’ to inspire and motivate others to overcome, achieve and succeed.
Last Thursday, 18, the group arrived at the ‘Top of the Americas’ Mount Aconcagua, (which means Sentinel of Stone), and shared that moment in the networks of the Royal Marines.
To follow all 65DN challenges and learn how to contribute follow the page:
Updates for the week are here, but keep following the Henry Cavill Portal to learn all about Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Royal Marines Charity.