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Bismarck Du Plessis

CROW is honoured to have the support of Springbok rugby player and avid animal lover, Bismarck Du Plessis. A committed supporter of CROW’s work, Bismarck’s status as official CROW Ambassador was confirmed in 2011 after he adopted Skip, the rare Black Springbok.

Found abandoned near a farm in the Eastern Cape, Skip was still a baby when she arrived at CROW in October 2010. As Springbok are not endemic to KwaZulu-Natal, the team were in the process of trying to identify a suitable release site for Skip in the Eastern Cape or Free State area when Bismarck very kindly offered his family farm near Bethlehem, after hearing of her plight.

Since then, Bismarck has taken time out of his busy schedule to pose for and officially endorse CROW’s 2013 and 2014 Wildlife Calendar Campaigns that are published by Under an African Sky and successfully raise much needed funds for wild animals in distress throughout KZN.

As an avid animal lover, I am continually inspired by CROW’s undying passion and commitment to helping wild animals in distress. I feel very strongly that conserving and protecting our wildlife for future generations to enjoy is something we should all be getting actively involved in.

Paul O’Grady

Much loved UK Comedian, TV personality and radio presenter, Paul O’Grady first moved into the world of entertainment via his alter ego Lily Savage. Born in Birkenhead, Paul moved to London to work as a social worker and began his comedy career on the pub and club circuit developing the ‘blonde bombsite’ character of Lily – a single mother of two – notorious for her shop lifting and acid tongue.

Since then, Paul’s career has included hosting his own chat shows, “The Paul O’Grady Show” and “Paul O’Grady Live”, appearing in two series of a sitcom “Eyes Down”, writing and appearing in one-off dramas as well as writing three highly acclaimed parts of his autobiography. As if this weren’t enough, Paul also presents his own weekly radio show in the UK on Sundays for Radio 2.

Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in July 2005 and in October 2008 he was presented with an MBE by Prince Charles. In July 2010 he was given a Doctorate by De Montford University in Leicester.

A passionate animal lover, Paul is now well-known for presenting two series of a behind the scenes documentary about Battersea Dogs Home “Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs” which was nominated for a Bafta Award as well as having already won a National Television Award.

Most recently in 2013, Paul travelled to South Africa and Zambia to film a three part documentary about orphan animals for ITV. It is here that Paul visited CROW and learned of the extraordinary work being done by the organisation to assist local wildlife in distress. Speaking of his support for CROW, Paul says:

I was really overwhelmed by the dedication and passion that the CROW staff and volunteers have for their work. I think it’s really incredible and a true testament to their commitment and perseverance, that such a small organisation is playing such an important role in caring for South Africa’s wildlife. If you’ve never been to South Africa and are thinking of volunteering with animals, CROW is definitely the place to go!

Paul lives in Kent with his four dogs, six pigs, four owls, numerous sheep, chickens and four goats. In addition to being a Patron of CROW, Paul is also an Ambassador for Battersea Dogs Home and Save the Children.