In the section of his official Web site called Bri’s Soapbox, Queen guitarist Brian May writes often about his deep concern for the world’s wildlife.

On March 22, May took to the radio airwaves in South Africa to further explain his animal interests, as well as promote his upcoming performance as part of the Pride of Cape Town event for the Born Free animal foundation.

“I suppose my biggest obsession has become trying to change the world with regard to animals,” said May during an interview with Ryan O’Connor, a DJ in South Africa. May added that music remains his salvation, and he also admitted “it’s not actually a great pleasure to do most of this stuff for animals because most of us wish we didn’t have to do it. … Every animal matters, the same as every human matters.”

May is scheduled to perform March 27 in Cape Town with theater star Kerry Ellis, with whom he’s worked before as producer of her ‘Anthems’ album. The goal of Pride of Cape Town is to raise funds that will be used to continue Born Free’s efforts to save Africa’s endangered lions.

“By creating this amazing art event,” May said in a press release issued earlier this month, “we hope not only to inspire the public but also attract the support of the corporate sector, raising funds to help protect and conserve a species which, across much of Africa, is now in serious trouble.”

Listen to Brian May’s March 22 Interview with Ryan O’Connor

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