Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Brangelina cash to help sanctuary

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, with their family and members of the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Swakopmund, Namibia

Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated two million US dollars (£1.2m) to a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, where they spent Christmas with their children.

Jolie gave birth to the couple's daughter Shiloh, in Swakopmund, Namibia, in 2006.

They chose to return there with Shiloh, now four, and her five siblings, three of whom are adopted, for Christmas.

"We want (Shiloh) to grow up with an understanding of her country of birth," Angelina said.

The family stayed at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary, 26 miles outside of Namibia's capital, Windhoek, while they were there.

Run by physician Dr Rudie van Vuuren and his wife Marlice, the 10,000 hectare sanctuary accommodates mostly orphaned and injured animals that cannot be released back into the wild, including lions, leopards and cheetahs and baboons. It also provides luxury accommodation, the proceeds of which go towards conservation projects.

When the couple dropped in on the sanctuary for Christmas, their children watched Dr van Vuuren stitch the wounds of a wild dog. They also witnessed the release of a leopard back into the wild.

As a parting gift, the couple donated the money to the sanctuary.

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