"Strangely enough, I never actually met Born Free when I worked out in Kenya. I knew of them because I grew up in the 60s and 70s when the films were iconic movies to me, they always inspired me. Of course, when I went to Kenya, that was their environment and then, purely through chance, I got to know the Travers family through photography. I told them of my experiences in Kenya and what I had done and of course they knew all the same people I’d met, all the same people I’d stayed with and we shared that experience. I suddenly realised that these people I knew from the movies and understood that lifestyle in Kenya were real heroes to me and as a consequence, we became lifelong friends.
They’ve always been people and a cause that I’ve championed because it represents everything I saw in those early Kenyan days. Elephant poaching was happening then, rhino poaching was happening then, that culture of hunting for trophies was happening then, and it’s still going on today. These guys are real warriors. They’re fighting a losing battle but if they give up then the battle is really lost. I just hope and pray that I do see a change in my lifetime and all their work does make a difference. Born Free are incredible in what they do."