SOLDIERS FOR WILDLIFE
THE MEANING OF CONSERVATION
Soldiers for Wildlife is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of endangered African Wildlife.
In August 2019, we were hired to help document their mission, by tell their story through photo and video. Founder John Garcia runs this non-profit out of remote areas in both South Africa and Zambia, and we were lucky enough to visit both locations and learn the true meaning of conservation.
Our goal was to provide a message to people outside of this situation who may not understand the severity. The videos provide facts about the decimation of these species especially Rhinos and Elephants, who are highly poached for no reason other than the tusks and horns they are born with.
We spent 14 days between the two countries, sleeping in tents in the middle of the South African Bush, and staying at the Chaminuka Lodge and Nature reserve in Zambia. Were able to capture not only beautiful shots of the African Wildlife, but conducted interviews with John, wildlife experts, and rangers who help in protecting these endangered species. This was by far our biggest adventure, being able to come so close to these amazing animals and immerse ourselves in the situation. It was dangerous, scary, but most of all the most exhilarating experience I have ever had, and I am so grateful for both John and Michael Carroll for allowing me to join them on this adventure.
SOLDIERS FOR WILDLIFE x ALESMITH BREWING CO.
A few months after we returned from our trip, John and Micky reached out about creating another short film with a similar concept, but also promoting a new partnership they had found with Alesmith Brewing Co. a brewery based in California. Alesmith created a beer that supported their cause and John and Micky asked us to create a video that would show all of the good they are doing in Africa, and entice viewers to help out their cause by buying the limited stock beer.