Sharks have a bad reputation among the public, but true animal lovers understand their importance in the ocean’s ecosystem and how they are threatened by human activities. Although sharks are commonly perceived as scary and dangerous animals that pose a threat to humans, only four out of the 470 species have been known to attack humans. Bo, an animal rights activist for nearly two decades, has been involved with WildAid, an organization dedicated to ending the trade of wildlife products, and her efforts have even earned her a guest appearance on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week in 2020.
Bo’s love for animals has also led her to start a new business venture called Bo Derek Pet Care, which offers a range of products such as shampoos for dogs, horses, and other animals. On the company’s official website, Bo explains how the idea came to her when she had a dozen dogs that wanted to live in the house with her, but the dog shampoos she tried were harsh and felt like household detergents. She was concerned that these shampoos might be contributing to some of her dogs’ skin problems.
Bo Derek’s unwavering dedication to promoting animal welfare has been acknowledged by the renowned Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) in Fairbanks Ranch, California, by bestowing her with the coveted “Humane Award” on July 19, 2018. Bo’s exceptional activism and innovative business venture epitomize her ardent love and concern for the well-being of animals and her resolute commitment to positively impacting their lives.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) of Fairbanks Ranch, California has a tradition of honoring animal welfare advocates every year, and in 2018, Bo Derek was recognized with the prestigious “Humane Award.” The non-profit organization has previously recognized other famous animal lovers like Betty White, Diane Keaton, Kristen Bell, and Linda Blair. CEO Mike Arms bestowed the honor upon Bo in recognition of her dedication to animal welfare as the commissioner for the California Horse Racing Board, her involvement with the Animal Welfare Institute, and her service as a special envoy of the Secretary of State for Wildlife Trafficking.
In her role as a special envoy, Bo has been instrumental in the fight against the illicit trade of endangered species, working closely with the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking. This global alliance of countries is dedicated to the prevention of the $10 billion black market industry in illegal wildlife trade, which remains a serious global problem. Bo’s tireless efforts in promoting animal welfare and combating this illegal trade have been recognized worldwide. She has traveled extensively to different parts of the world, lending her voice to the cause. Praising her work, Craig Tabor, the former special agent in charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s intelligence unit, highlighted the enormity of the problem, stating that, “We have a dizzying array of platforms where all kinds of trade is going on, often with the illegal masquerading as legal.”
Bo’s passion for animal welfare is not limited to wildlife trafficking. She is also dedicated to supporting United States war veterans and serves as a chairperson for Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Rehabilitation Special Events. Bo often attends various events in support of disabled veterans and has even received the VA’s highest honor from Anthony Principi, the former Secretary of VA. She has also appeared on United Service Organizations tours and was named an honorary Green Beret by the Special Forces Association.
Bo’s dedication to veterans is likely rooted in her personal life, as several men in her life, including her father and late husband, have served in the military. Speaking of relationships, Bo has also found love a second time in her life after her first husband, John, passed away in 1998.
Bo Derek’s contributions to animal welfare and veterans’ affairs make her a remarkable and inspiring individual. Her passion for making a difference in the world has led her to become a prominent figure in the animal welfare and veterans’ communities, and she continues to make a significant impact through her advocacy and activism.
In 2002, Bo Derek was set up on a blind date with actor John Corbett, known for his roles in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Sex and the City.” They have now been together for over 18 years and have chosen not to get married. While Bo acknowledges that marriage can be a meaningful commitment, she feels that it hasn’t been necessary in their lives.
John Corbett shares this sentiment and believes that the secret to a healthy relationship is simply enjoying each other’s company without the added pressure of marriage. Despite not being married, Bo and John share a strong bond over their love of animals and nature. They currently reside on a ranch in Santa Barbara, California, with their two German Shepherds and four horses.
Bo has previously shared what attracted her to John in the first place, saying that he makes her laugh and is full of life and joy. Their relationship has been a source of happiness for both of them, and they take things day by day.
Bo is now focused on her pet care brand, which we’re sure will be a great success. Her passion for animal welfare is evident in her work, and she has been recognized globally for her efforts to fight against wildlife trafficking. At 65 years old, Bo continues to inspire others with her heartwarming story and dedication to making a difference in the world.