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NAKED AND UNAFRAID ‘TARZAN OF L.A.’ GOES TO BRAZIL TO SHARE MESSAGE ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL SURVIVAL SHOW By Chris Cocoles

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ven in Southern California – full of limitless dreamers, crackpots, free spirits and misfits – Gary Golding found a niche. So it goes for the self-proclaimed “Tarzan of Los Angeles.” Tarzan? In L.A.? Anything is possible in this town. And if you spend an hour or so chatting up this Redondo Beach/Hermosa Beach native, you’ll understand that while adjectives like eccentric, outspoken, sarcastic and profane could describe Golding, you’ll walk away understanding too that he cares – about the environment; about animals; about kids; about awareness. And while Discovery Channel audi-

ences will get a look at this character on an episode of Naked and Afraid this month – Golding and his partner battled oppressive heat and blood-thirsty bugs in a Brazilian savanna – his appearance on this show was more than just trying to get through 21 days roughing it in the raw. “I make it very clear that I didn’t go on that show to test my survival skills. I want everybody to know that’s not why I went on Naked and Afraid ” Golding says. “I couldn’t give a sh*t about my survival skills. I just had to do that to carry my message to humanity, which is consume as little as possible.” That’s not just a throwaway line at the end of that quote. Consume as little

He’s the self-appointed “Tarzan of Los Angeles” and looks the part when he appears on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid this month, but as the tattoo reflects, survivalist Gary Golding is passionate about his causes in terms of the environment. (DISCOVERY CHANNEL/GARY GOLDING)

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