Wildlife Poet Olivia Binfield
At age 7, this little girl went out onto the giant TV stage of Britain’s Got Talent in front of thousands of people in the audience and millions on TV and recited a poem she wrote,”Endangered Animal” – and got a standing ovation! She continues her writing, art, poetry and speaking out in behalf of endangered species. Olivia asks YOU to help her save endangered animals.
Olivia’s story… Olivia Binfield is an ordinary little girl living in a modest home in the English countryside, near Kent, England. But Olivia has an extraordinary heart. She cares deeply about the plight of endangered animals. She dreams of growing up to become a zoologist. At age 7, in 2010, Olivia hatched a plan to go on to the popular TV show, Britain’s Got Talent, and recite a poem about endangered animals. With Mum in tow, they traveled to the tryouts in London to give it a shot. Olivia brought along a surprise friend, Lucy, and did an outstanding job, receiving a standing ovation. The video of her appearance on the show continues to move people’s hearts and garner views, now some 3 years later. At last count, Olivia had over 3 MILLION views on YouTube. After her appearance on the show, she was invited to visit wild animal parks and team up with professional conservationists. Olivia has been an Animal Hero for Howletts and Port Lympe Wild Animal Parks, Ambassador for famous painter David Sheppard’s Tiger Time, and has been on English, American and Chinese television. “I am passionate about all animals and excited by what is happening to me at the moment because of my TV appearance on BGT. ” “The world-renowned wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd CBE invited me to become an ambassador to his recently launched campaign to stop the slaughter of the wild tiger. David’s campaign is called “TigerTime” and is dedicated to raise global awareness and to help fund frontline action in order to prevent this animal icon from becoming extinct. There are just 3500 left in the wild.” “David Shepherd said, ‘I am in my 80th year and so excited and extremely moved by Olivia at only 7 years old, taking on conservation issues head on like a professional. It is so important that all the adults of the world listen to this young and intelligent voice. She has recognised that protecting wild animals including the nearly extinct tiger is critical to our very own survival. Man has destroyed species, but man can save them too. I am proud to have Olivia part of the TigerTime team.’ ” “I also helped start a new tiger painting with David Shepherd that will be auctioned for the TigerTime movement. How many 7 year olds can say they have painted with probably the most famous wildlife artist in the world? This is fantastic.”
International A-Team Member
Education Efforts: Wildlife Field Correspondent on the Jungle Deep podcast.
Listen to Olivia’s Jungle Deep podcast interview here.
My “Endangered Animal” Poem
Come on don’t you have a heart?
You don’t want these animals to depart ?
Forget the x factor and the top ten singing chart,
What about the endangered animals and the poison dart.
The arnour leopard, the Siberian tiger and polar bear ,
They are so gorgeous, it is just not fair.
If I say their Latin name, will you listen more ?
Oh Louis please do nt say this is a bore.
Varanus komodenis, komodo dragon by the way.
Why does man have to take them all away?
Man you are such a fool.
Snakes killed alive for handbags that is just not cool.
Please listen to my passion, although it may not be in fashion.
I can not sing it, you might laugh,
I can not dance, you would say I was daft.
But I am seven
And I want these animals to last!!
Olivia Binfield’s poem for Britain’s Got Talent
Olivia’s recent drawings: