Lupita Nyongo’o’s life in Nairobi, Kenya is something she often talks about during interviews. And now she’s giving back to her country in a major way. Nyongo’o recently became a global ambassador for WildAid and wants to educate the world when it comes to elephant poaching.
Elephant poachers in African countries leaves thousands of elephants tuskless and even dead after stealing their ivory tusks. Nyong’o, who says she remembers singing to elephants as a little kid, feels that more light needs to be shed on the issue.
“I ask the world to end the current elephant poaching crisis by being ‘Ivory Free’. It is time to ban the sales of ivory worldwide and to cosign the tragedy of the ivory trade to history,” Nyong’o stated.
She added: “Brave and dedicated people are giving their lives to protect our elephants. They need all of our support, from people in the United States and Asia by not buying ivory, and from Kenyans in supporting anti-poaching by reporting wildlife crime.”
During her trip, Nyongo’o spent time in Amboseli National Park with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage. She filmed messages for distribution in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, China, and the United States, to raise awareness of the elephant poaching crisis and reduce the demand for ivory consuming markets.
She also chronicled her trip with photos on her social media accounts.
Nyong’o is definitely proving that she has important causes she’s willing to work for.