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Lupita Nyong’o is to receive an honour for her work on conservation from WildAid.  Nyong’o has a long history in conservation work involving elephants, and they were the focus of her Discovery show, Serengeti.

WildAid, the global conservation organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced today it will honor Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, as this year’s Wildlife Champion at its annual fundraising gala on November 9 at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.

Nyong’o has been a prominent advocate for elephant conservation, traveling to Kenya with WildAid in 2015 to publicize the threat of poaching and most recently partnering with WildAid on Discovery’s best-rated series, Serengeti, which follows the lives of Tanzania’s majestic animals.

“Elephants are part of my heritage and a personal love for me,” Nyong’o said. “They play an important part of African economies through tourism and it’s unthinkable that we could let them become extinct just to trade their ivory.”