Lupita Nyong'o returns home to Kenya, fights to save elephants
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is going back to Kenya in order to fight to save the elephants in her home from being slaughtered for ivory.
On Tuesday, Nyong’o described a “life-changing” visit to a national park and elephant orphanage:
It was my first time to really have an intimate experience with elephants. What struck me was how big they are, how quiet they are. It was really a breathtaking experience.
She said that she wanted to join the fight to make sure that such an experience could be enjoyed for generations to come:
I really do intend for my children to have that same experience. I am proud of my Kenyan heritage, and part of that heritage is the incredible wildlife haven that is in our care. Poaching steals from us all.
The actress will soon begin appearing in advertisements for WildAid in an effort to combat the killing of around 30,000 elephants every year mostly due to the ivory trade.
“It is time to ban sales of ivory worldwide and to consign the tragedy of the ivory trade to history,” Nyong’o said.