by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Z-2
Tags: , .

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are starting off the New Year on generous footing with a huge $2 million donation to the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia.

The superstar couple announced the gift through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation after spending the holidays at the sanctuary with their kids. The donation was made in honor of their daughter Shiloh, who was born in Namibia.

“We want her to be very involved and grow up with the understanding of her country of birth,” Angelina said in a statement. “We have known Rudie and Marlice for many years and continue to be impressed by their hard work and dedication to the people and conservation of the land and wildlife of Namibia.”

According to, staff at the sanctuary have revealed the family’s experiences included watching orphaned baby baboons and foxes being fed, visiting a local school and seeing the release of a leopard back into the wild.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

View all posts by Michael dEstries →
  • NotHoney

    Too bad they couldn’t have donated that money to Francois Hugo and Seal Alert to stop the annual slaughter of hundreds of Cape Fur seals. I’m not saying the other sanctuary doesn’t need the money, but Hugo operates on limited funds.

    • Mo

      Sadly, most charities/sanctuaries/causes operate on limited funds. It becomes very overwhelming when you start to think about how to donate what little money (in the case of most people, anyway) you can spare to deserving charities. I know I end up donating $25 here or $50 there and then come across another worthy cause, and feel bad that I don’t have more to give.

      I’m sure that Jolie and Pitt could donate more, but don’t belittle what they’ve given by complaining that they should have given to some other worthy cause; there will always be another worthy cause and what matters is that the lives of some people/animals are made better by what they- or anyone who can spare it- can give. If we get caught up in what should have been done, it would be a never-ending cycle.

    • Kelly Morehead

      I think the same thing too Nothoney . They should of donated it to Francois Hugo!He does operate on limited funds. Most of it out of his own pocket .

    • romika3

      I always wondered why Watson (SSCS), the HSUS, and PETA are not involved in this seal harvest. But, as we all know they wouldn’t last a day down there and there is no money to be made protesting this hunt, unlike the the Canadian Seal Harvest that is is used by these three and 14 other organizations as a money maker.

  • haven

    once again, the crazy couple donate to a worthless cause…HEY angelina/brad, why dont you donate to some of the USA organizations you hypocrites!!! The citizens of USA have spent money on your movies. Give them something in return, like donating to the shelters or the abused kids organizations, you dufus couple…

    • Mo

      Just because a place isn’t in the United States doesn’t mean it’s “worthless.” The USA is not the only or even the best country in the world. Plenty of people, animals and causes exist outside of the US and are just as deserving as those in the US. Not to mention, Jolie and Pitt make movies that are seen outside America and that make plenty of money outside America.

      How does donating money to countries outside of the USA make them crazy or hypocrites? Your insults make no sense, and make you seem ignorant and needlessly prejudiced.

    • Sonia

      I disagree 100%, as they are giving back to the country their daughter was born in. To want her to have ties to Namibia and see that country flourish is a great gift to her. Not to mention that they have given money to numerous orgs in the U.S.

      I really don’t understand why people have such a problem with helping the outside world, especially those that are in desparate need. Yes, some of us live in the U.S but that doesn’t make it the only country of importance. What affects other countries affects us and vice versa. Don’t be so close minded and inconsiderate.

  • crumpets are yummy

    Nice work…i hope Glen Inwood follows suit.

    • sidewinder

      Glenns a troll – so I doubt it.

  • Pingback: Google Awards $4M For Environmental Education « :: the latest in green gossip()

  • Kim

    While doing anything that helps the world’s animals (including humans) is good in my book, I really wish Angie would do something to undo the immeasurable harm she’s caused to animals by dissing veganism. Awhile ago (fall of 2010?), Jolie claimed that she had to go back to eating meat because a vegan diet nearly killed her. This is absolute nonsense: if her diet did leave her malnourished, that’s her own fault. She didn’t eat enough, and/or she didn’t eat the right kinds of foods. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to plan a balanced vegan diet, just a little planning in the beginning and some common sense.

    • sidewinder

      They should donate to Whale Santuaries as well – we have to do all we can to stop Japan.

      • Annie

        Watson is getting plenty of money …he isn’t the “Environmentalist ” he purports himself to be, Sidewinder…