In this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for Lancome, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
In this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (UPI) – Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, 32, is leading the fight against elephant poaching and ivory sales.

Nyong’o a native Kenyan, known for her break out Oscar-winning performance in Twelve Years a Slave, returned to her home country to become a global elephant ambassador, The Hamilton Spectator reports.

Nyong’o joined international conservation organization WildAid in order to fight against the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.

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