Those who have raised politely the potential conflict between a large carbon footprint through world birding and the “conservation pioneer” brand name have been accused by those managing the “birdgirl” brand of being racist.
Andy. The "birdgirl" project is not just parents wanting the best for their child, which of course is perfectly reasonable. In the last ten years the "birdgirl' project has been a well constructed marketing and publicity exercise in which the "birdgirl" brand has been carefully managed with a future career in the media in mind. Managed media accounts, glossy photo's, targeted press, TV and magazine articles all being part of the strategy employed by the adults involved. This strategy has been remarkably successful. However there are potential consequences for any child having media attention being sought deliberately on such a regular and frequent basis. One only hopes that the child at the centre of this process is emotionally ready for the implications of "becoming famous" at such a young age.