I always had my foot into conservation- I started out with locally supporting whale and dolphin research every summer by joining a team in Italy, working with sperm whales and different dolphin species, while patrolling the protected area. I am still passionate about these stunning animals but once I set foot into Africa, met some of the amazing people, who are involved in conservation as well as anti-poaching here, I really wanted to help. My friend Clare and I started a photography trip and ended up filming at a private reserve for their rhino foundation.
From there we were invited to join an Anti Poaching course. After that, I stayed, travelled South Africa for a while and ended up flying back to Europe for a break and gathering ideas as I wanted to REALLY do something worthwhile. In January 2016 we started shooting a self-funded documentary, with my amazing photography friends supporting me. The movie took us throughout Africa including the war zone of Mali. We had the honour to spend time with Sudan, patrolled with rangers in Zimbabwe and South Africa, got an insight into conservation in Kenya met the orphans and vets as well as the four paws on the ground that sniff out poachers.
It was also the year I met my now husband, probably filming the worst interview in history because I was busy falling in love with his smile… This journey inspired me to start the non-profit we are running now as I wanted to continue with the support. We are still start up but we have three projects we are supporting as we know them personally.