Queen's Brian May is widely regarded as one of the top music talents in the history of rock and roll, but it's another accomplishment that he's hoping that people think of after he's left this earth.

The musician told the Sunday Times (via NME) that he's particularly proud of his wildlife refuge on his estate in Surrey and hopes that it's his love of animals that's respected for years to come.

May explained, "When I'm gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen, but I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures. I suppose I've lived a crazy life, and watching wildlife brings back a sense of tranquility."

May purchased the estate over 30 years ago, and he's used it to house injured and orphaned animals that are allowed to stay until they have reached full health and are ready to be released. The paper reports that the guitarist has 36 hedgehogs, seven badger cubs and two tawny owls currently residing at his refuge.

For his efforts, the musician recently received the International Fund for Animal Welfare award for his Save Me organization.

In addition to his love of animals and his time with Queen, May earned his PhD a few years ago in astrophysics and is an avid gardener.