Ian Somerhalder Celebrates Wildlife Volunteers, Talks ‘Vampire Diaries’ Without Elena

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Wildlife advocate Ian Somerhalder helped Dawn debut its We All Love Wildlife video series at International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, Calif. yesterday (Jul. 09, 2015) with the release of four rehabilitated birds back into the wild – their rehabilitation and recovery of which was made possible thanks to IBR volunteers and staff.

The heartfelt series showcases the profound, positive influence that wildlife has had on individual rescue volunteers from the International Bird Rescue (IBR) and The Marine Mammal Center – a college student, a mom, a surfer and a veteran volunteer – all dedicated to helping save and rehabilitate marine animals in need.

The star of The Vampire Diaries is shedding some light on his feelings about the departure of Nina Dobrev’s character Elena Gilbert.

“The way it was done was great. The way it was done was actually incredible, because it allows people to know that she’s still there…she’s not dead,” Ian told Extra during an interview today. “In seventy years or however long Bonnie lives, Elena will resurface at some point, although we’ll be very old when that happens.”

“We’re actually very excited about telling this story,” he went on to say. “Mystic Falls without Elena Gilbert is going to be very different. We want to go back to that Season 1 and Season 2 of storytelling… I think that the last scene in the last episode that you see is truly a depiction of what this next season’s going to be.”

Launch the gallery above to see more photos of Ian Somerhalder at the launch of Dawn Wildlife’s We All Love Wildlife video series.