Lupita Nyong'o is now a Global Elephant Ambassador for WildAid

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Lupita on a Mission to Save Elephants

As if we needed really needed more confirmation that Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most amazing new faces in Hollywood, now she has a charitable new title: Global Elephant Ambassador.

The Academy Award-winning actress took to Instagram Wednesday to announce the news that she's teaming with WildAid, a wildlife conservation group whose "mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes."

The group's mission statement continues:

While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement.

With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $200 million in annual pro-bono media support. Our message reaches up to 1 billion people every week.

It's an amazing cause that Nyong'o seems incredibly excited to be supporting. Check out her hopeful Instagram post below:



In addition to spreading the message to be #IvoryFree, she's also going to be spreading awareness about women's issues and the arts. This partnership is especially meaningful for Nyong'o as she is originally from Kenya, a country that WildAid operates in:

I am proud of my Kenyan heritage, and part of that heritage is the incredible wildlife haven that is in our care," Ms. Nyong'o said. "I have come to realize that when you know more, you do more. I want to encourage people all over the world to learn more about these incredible animals.


Check out more photos of Lupita Nyong'o, highlighting her fierce red carpet style:

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Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o poses as she arrives for the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o poses as she arrives for the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the opening ceremony and premiere of 'La Tete Haute' ('Standing Tall') during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends the Glamour 2014 Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actress Lupita Nyong'o departs the Mark Hotel for the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch at the Beall-Washington House on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Lupita Nyong'o is honored by Sally Morrison & LoveGold at Chateau Marmont on February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Nominees Night Party at Spago on February 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 86th Academy Awards nominee luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 19: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Lupita Nyong'o poses for a portrait during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Lupita Nyong'o arrives for Fox And FX's 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party - Arrivals on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Lupita Nyong'o arrives for DuJour Magazine's Jason Binn with editors Nicole Vecchiarelli & Keith Pollock as they celebrate The Great Performances issue featuring '12 Years A Slave' Golden Globe Nominee Lupita Nyong'o at Herringbone, Mondrian LA on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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