Wild and Free Foundation believes that through educating the world about rhino poaching, using real short stories to film the survival or extinction of the rhinoceros, we can build awareness about rhino poaching, what the rangers go through and the passionate people and wildlife warriors involved.
Wild and Free Foundation also provides presentations to schools, universities and businesses on the challenges, victories and benefits of protecting nature. With your help we can inspire a movement to save rhinos and save nature.
Matt Bracken tells us, WHY he chooses to protect rhinos and wildlife. “Why” is personal and we all have one. This interview is about Matt Bracken and his “Why”.
Matt Bracken is the Co-Founder of Wild and Free Foundation and the first American to have successfully completed the Protrack anti-poaching ranger training in 2011.
“I have a dream, of Nature thriving wild and free among humans, and humans being healthier and happier because of it.” Matt Bracken Co-Founder, Wild and Free Foundation
Wild and Free Foundation’s WHY: KILLING PEOPLE IS NOT THE ANSWER...
Wild and Free Foundation’s HOW: WE ARE WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO REDUCE THE LOSS OF RHINOS IN AFRICA.
Wild and Free Foundation’s MISSION: We are instituting small changes that will have a huge impact. We think of it as a ripple effect, where we are tackling hunger, idleness, boredom and poverty with avant-garde philanthropic projects. The ripple effect for us is the conservation of endangered wilderness and species. GET INVOLVED
The question why? why do I do this? I love doing this. Why I want to save the Rhinos. The story, it's a book! Why do I want to save the Rhinos. I feel that there's an injustice. I want to save it because it's more than a want it's I just it's me. It's what my body feels. I just think it's a no brainer actually that nature, which does need saving from humans. Nature is perfect away nature is but now it needs saving from my species because we're making everything go extinct. So, my why is, nothing will be left off this beautiful wonderful life that we have if we kill everything. I'm sad for the grass, I'm sad for the sand, I'm sad for every single thing that we manipulate and dominate and eventually destroy.
I'm not even sure how to live in the circle of life. I'm not sure how to best do what we do. I think humans as a species we're very young, everything seems to live instinctually. Animals, course the trees and the plants, a rose does what roses do, a zebra does what zebras do and they live in a way that benefits that's the circle of life, they benefit. Even though the zebra eats grass it benefits the grasslands as a whole by the way that it eats and that's how the circle of life works. Sometimes it's brutal but in the long run it helps and improves the earth, the ecosystems and nature whatever you call it. The way things live and are, improves things.
I've always wondered since I was young, why are humans so different, why do we do everything we do? It’s pretty much exactly opposite of what instinctual animals do. Everything we do when you really look at it is exactly opposite to what's beneficial for the earth. Every single thing we do even time, jobs, everything that we've created, man-made, from the time you wake up and look at the clock you're looking at a man-made world. From the time you send a text, to your email and that's only new things, everything that we've created first of all it makes us not happy. All this busyness I don't think we're happy.
Sometimes man-made things make us happy but in the long run what we've created as a species isn't that great and not only that it's killing everything. Every single thing we're killing. So, I want to save the Rhinos but saving the Rhinos, is saving a pillar of the circle of life but not only that it's saving everything. So, while we're saving the Rhinos, we're saving everything, we call it saving the Rhinos but it's really saving nature, I am trying to figure out and asking myself these questions and then hopefully trying to show the world through our thought process and what's happening.
How do we fit in to the circle of life? My why is, and it's not even something to figure out, we just have to be! How can we not even learn to be just how we can be? Life would be so much more fun and a lot less stressful if we found or accepted and became a part of the circle of life. Instead of crushing it or trying to make it into a square. So, for me it's everything, it's a frustration… to see that we're just killing everything, and not really liking where that's leading us... to extinction of ourselves. So, I'm trying to save the world.
Wild and Free Foundation (WFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA. WFF is registered as a section 18A public benefit organization (PBO) in South Africa. USA EIN #47-2266595 SA PBO #930061358