Girl quits job as NFL cheerleader -- and dances in clubs to raise money to save endangered animals

5 August 2015 / 1 year 2 months ago

An NFL cheerleader quit her job to visit the South African jungle in 2012. Now she has launched her own charity to help exotic animals around the world.

Since she quit her job, 24-year-old Marlina Moreno struts her stuff as a club dancer on the weekends to raise money.

The model, who was featured in adverts for Nike found her calling after visiting the jungle and recently started Pink Monkey Media, where she shoots wildlife conservation documentaries, reports AsianTown via The Daily Mail.

Since then, she has visited eight different countries across Asia, Africa and South America -- with her latest being a field research trip to Borneo to work with orangutans.

She is also studying for her second MA in Conservation Biology. The 24-year-old, who lives in Los Angeles, said: "I always wanted to travel to exotic places but I didn't grow up with money.

"I had a pretty modest childhood and we didn't travel much. "But the path I've been on over the last few years has allowed me to marry my love of wildlife and filming - it has changed my life."

Her humble conservation work is a far cry from her hectic weekend job as a nightclub dancer in San Diego.

"When I'm in the jungle with no make-up on people don't expect me to be half naked dancing at night clubs when I get home", she said.

"And when I'm at home dancing people tend to be surprised to find out I travel and spend months in the wilderness.

"It's interesting to see people's reaction. I think people assume you to be a certain way. With me, they see a young pretty girl and assume I will be high maintenance or stuck up or materialistic."

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