HW Pick: Lupita Nyong’o Is On A Mission In Kenya

Lupita-Kristian-Schmidt4In Disney’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which opened on April 15, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o lends her voice to the character Raksha, a mother wolf that “adopts” human cub Mowgli and vows to keep him safe. Lupita3The role of Raksha, a Hindi word that translates to “protection,” seems fitting for Nyong’o, who grew up in Kenya and is protective of wildlife offscreen as well: She serves as Global Elephant Ambassador for the international conservation organization WildAid. The actress recently spoke with Condé Nast Traveler about her deep respect for wildlife (elephants in particular), her travels to Amboseli National Park and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and her lifelong love of Kenya.

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