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.

Hello Kenya! #nofilter #ivoryfree

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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.

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  • Ann Gomez

    I’ll never understand why Africa as a whole just can’t agree to ban any type of wildlife hunting. Like there’s a global ban on whale hunting, so I’m not sure why they don’t do the same.

  • Sister Lupita Nyong’o is a great human being. She is very active in making awareness on an important issue, which is fighting elephant poaching. Poaching of elephants is wrong especially when many species are in the endangered species list. Some people have greed and want to kill animals for the purpose of seeking ivory. That is wrong (and strict laws should address this issue) and I’m happy that Lupita is being a great ambassador for a cause that is necessary in our generation. Bless Her.

    #Ivory Free

    • Trueblue

      I’m glad to see her take up this cause. I wish people would leave animals alone and let them live. Unfortunately humans are the only living creatures that mistreat and destroy other life forms in large quantities, to the point of extinction, and this earth and it’s creatures would be far better off without many of us. I have had a natural love for elephants (Obatala!) since I was a baby and I hate to see them mistreated and killed.

    • Yes, one of the greatest causes in the world is to protect animal species, especially endangered species. It takes a cruel mind to kill elephants unjustly for the sake of the retrieval of ivory and the lust for economic greed. This is why being pro-environment is very important. We save animals and in that sense, we save our own souls as human beings. Some humans have enacted extinctions and other evil actions as it pertains to our ecosystem. That is why environmental regulation and care for animals are always important actions to take. We love ourselves by loving Nature.