Lupita Nyong’o has taken on a new role as global ambassador for international conservation organization WildAid, and it’s taken her back home to Nairobi, Kenya. The beauty will work to promote acting, the arts and women’s issues in the African country.
The Oscar-winning actress shared several moments of her adventure, which saw her snap a selfie with a baby elephant, glimpse giraffes at sunset and witness a pride of lions dine on a wildebeest.
During her trip, Lupita spent time in Amboseli National Park with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage. While she was there, she filmed special 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.
Alongside a photograph of herself embracing a little elephant, the 32-year-old wrote: “Elephants can hear more than 5km away. So my whisper must be like a shout at this distance…? #dubiouslogic. Tonight’s gala at @villarosakempin is to raise funds and awareness to ensure that we get to hear from elephants for a long long time.”
The actress-turned-director naturally has talent behind the lens, sharing a photograph she had taken herself of a giraffe set against the iconic safari sunset.
“I took this photo,” she wrote alongside the shot, before joking, “@natgeo consider this a job application submitted.”
While in Kenya, the Mexican-born actress also dedicated time to a press conference, in which she shared clips of herself singing to elephants as a little girl and spoke about her pride at being selected as an ambassador for a cause that means so much to her.
“I have come to realise that when you know more, you do more. I want to encourage people all over the world to learn more about these incredible animals,” said the 12 Years a Slave star.
“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.”
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.”