Angelina Jolie Graces The Cover Of Harper’s Bazaar Raising Awareness For Endangered Species

Angelina Jolie is much more than just a beautiful actress who does charity and philanthropy work in her spare time; she walks the walk and talks the talk, having spent the majority of her career advocating to help save impoverished children in Africa, along with protecting the last of our endangered species that are left on the continent.

Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Harper’s Bazaar, Angelina Jolie stuns on the cover of the magazine, while posing with cheetahs. Inside the magazine, Jolie continues to inspire with a heartfelt and insightful essay touching upon issues close to her heart, such as women’s rights and the environment.

Just another reason to love Angelina and her plight to save all species that we share this planet with.

In the essay, Angelina shares her affinity for Africa, its people, and its wildlife. She is particularly fond of and committed to Namibia where her daughter Shiloh was born.

“For me, Namibia represents, not only ties of family and friendship, but also the effort to find the balance between humans and the environment so crucial to our future,” said a wise and compassionate Angelina.

Namibia is also home to a reserve run by the N/a’an ku sê Foundation, led by Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren. Angelina and her family have worked with Rudie and Marlice on conservation in that country over the past decade.

The N/a’an ku sê Sanctuary, which provides a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned, and conflict animals, aims to release animals back into the wild.

Angelina notes that in 2015 her family sponsored some orphaned cheetah cubs that the sanctuary rescued; similar to the ones she posed with for the magazine.

“These cheetahs are not pets, nor should any wild animal ever be kept as one. They inspire us to help preserve these unique, majestic creatures in the wild, as just one of many steps to preserve the environment for future generations.”

As explained by the Cheetah Conservation Fund, cheetahs once ranged across the entire African continent, except for the Congo Basin, and into Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to eastern India. Sadly, cheetahs are currently found in only 23% of their historic African range. Namibia is home to a significant number of the remaining cheetahs.

Noting that everyone has “the power to make an impact through our everyday choice,” Angelina suggests for people to abstain from purchasing illegal wildlife products, such as ivory or rhino horn as well as clothes, jewelry, and objects made from wildlife parts.

Fashion was among the industries that encouraged the demand but now, as per Angelina “Magazines can now send a different message: that wild animals belong in the wild, and that ivory is not beautiful unless on the tusk of a living animal.”

People can donate to the N/a’an ku sê Foundation and Wildlife Sanctuary HERE!

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