Celebrated American actress Angelina Jolie opened a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia in honor of her daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, who celebrated her 11th birthday in May.
Jolie, Shiloh, and the rest of her children, including Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, arrived in Namibia in early July to mark the opening of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, according to Channel24.
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The sanctuary, which was established through a partnership between the actress and the N/a’an ku se Foundation and Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, is being funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
The main aim of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary is to assist and care for any rhinos or elephants that have been injured or orphaned in a poaching incident.
Animals that go to the facility, which is equipped with holding pens, trucks, crates, and veterinary equipment, will be cared for until they are fit and ready to go back to the wild.
The sanctuary, one of the many projects at N/a’an ku se that are being funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, has a full-time veterinarian to take care of the animals.
“Shiloh, who was born in Namibia, was delighted to see how the sanctuary will assist and care for injured rhinos and elephants,” the foundation adds.
During the five-day trip, the Oscar-award-winner met with Namibian President Dr. Hage Geingob, First Lady Monica Geingos, and Dr. Rudie van Vuuren of N/a’an ku se to discuss the sanctuary and other projects of national conservation interest.
Jolie has been involved in many humanitarian missions around the world and met with thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons in more than 20 countries, including Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Egypt, Namibia, and Pakistan.
In 2001, Jolie was recognized and named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador to help educate the public not only on the plight of refugees but also on the perseverance and courage they show in overcoming all odds to restore their lives.
Her foundation is also dedicated to eradicating extreme rural poverty, protecting natural resources, and conserving wildlife.