Angelina Jolie And Shiloh Help Open New Wildlife Sanctuary For Rhinos & Elephants In Namibia

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: Actress/director Angelina Jolie (C) with Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (L) and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (R) in the audience during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/KCA2015/WireImage)

Angelina Jolie and her children recently attended the especially meaningful opening of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia; a special refuge for rhinos and elephants recovering from poaching attempts. The sanctuary was named after 11-year-old Shiloh Jolie-Pitt who was born there in 2006.

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation funded sanctuary, which was established through a collaboration with the N/a’an ku sê Foundation and Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, was created to assist and care for injured rhinos and elephants that have fallen victim to poaching or abuse.

The animals fortunate enough to find themselves mending at the sanctuary will be cared for until they are healthy enough to be returned to the wild.

As per the N/a’an ku sê Foundation website, the new facility located on its property is equipped with pens, trucks, crates and veterinary equipment, as well as the services of a full-time veterinarian.

The N/a’an ku sê Foundation was founded in 2006 and established to conserve the land, cultures, and wildlife of Namibia, as well as to rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat and sadly, human interference.

Jolie has been friends with the organization’s co-founders Dr. Rudie and Marlice Van Vuuren for close to two decades.

The Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary is the latest of many projects at N/a’an ku sê that have been on the receiving end of the generous funding by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation throughout the years.

“We are delighted to be the recipient of a generous grant and hope that Shiloh will grow up with a deep understanding of the country of her birth. Thank you so much for your generosity in helping our projects develop and provide so much more for the animals and people here,” notes the organization on its website.

The foundation also acknowledged that during the visit Angelina had a meeting with His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob, Madame Monica Geingos and Dr. Rudie van Vuuren of N/a’an ku sê, to discuss the Sanctuary and other projects of national conservation interest.

WAN is thrilled to share positive stories such as this and applaud notable people using their platform to inspire and create change for the greater good. We are grateful to Angelina Jolie, Shiloh and everyone affiliated with bringing this new much-needed sanctuary to fruition.

Poaching is an epidemic caused by humans that needs to be ended by humans!

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