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Lupita Nyong'o Advocates Against Elephant Poaching in Kenya

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Lupita Nyong'o is advocating against illegal wildlife trade.

The actress has joined international environmental organization WildAid as one of its ambassadors alongside other celebrities, such as Jackie Chan, Edward Norton, Zhang Ziyi, Yao Ming, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Harrison Ford.

According to the association, Nyong'o will return to her homeland of Kenya to advocate globally against elephant poaching.

"I am proud of my Kenyan heritage, and part of that heritage is the incredible wildlife haven that is in our care," Nyong'o said, as reported by WildAid.org. "I have come to realize that when you know more, you do more. I want to encourage people all over the world to learn more about these incredible animals."

The movie star continued, "I ask the world to end the current elephant poaching crisis by being 'Ivory Free.' It is time to ban sales of ivory worldwide and to consign the tragedy of the ivory trade to history."

Nyong'o, who has won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work on "12 Years a Slave," visited the Amboseli National Park with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, WildAid.org wrote. The Kenyan-Mexican actress also met with the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants, organizations which are both focused on fighting elephant-poaching.

Nyong'o spent time at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi elephant orphanage as well, where she spoke with local conservationists and recorded messages to be distributed in Kenya and international locations, including the United States, Tanzania, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, and China. WildAid aims to put a stop to elephant-poaching, as well as reducing "global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement," the organization wrote on their site.

"Brave and dedicated people are giving their lives to protect our elephants," Nyong'o, 32, further explained, as quoted by WildAid.org. "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. Poaching undermines national security and endangers jobs and community support derived from tourism."

Even though Kenya has banned ivory trade 25 years ago, Asian countries' growing wealth demands products made from ivory, WildAid.org wrote. This gave rise to illegal trade with militant groups and international crime syndicates largely benefiting from the business. In Africa, up to 33,000 elephants were killed yearly for their ivory.

Luipta Nyong'o Attends Dior Paris Show

On Monday, July 6, Nyong'o graced the Christian Dior fashion show held in Paris, France. The event was a part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015/2016.

Nyong'o was dressed in a scarlet skater dress for the fashion show, JustJared reported. Other celebrities in attendance were Emily Blunt, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Olivia Palermo.

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