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Famed China actress tours Kenya to support wildlife conservation

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A well-known Chinese actress is in Kenya for a 10-day visit to shoot a documentary on wildlife conservation in the nature-endowed East African nation.

“I am also a photographer and I have been to Africa many times to collect snapshots of wildlife which I exhibit in different cities in China,” said Jiang Yiyan, who has starred in several television series and movies, to Xinhua in Nairobi on Monday.

“Two days before I flew into Kenya, I held one such exhibition in Wuhan where I displayed wildlife-related photos,” Jiang said at the headquarters of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in Nairobi.

The foundation devises programs and conservation strategies that are designed to protect the wildlife and wild lands within the continent and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people.

Jiang said this is the first time for her to visit an AWF facility after she got touched and inspired by the organization’s projects in Africa like the Classroom Africa Program, which nurtures conservation leaders from an early age, adding that she will soon lay the groundwork for future cooperation between her team and AWF.

Kaddu Sebunya, AWF President, said that China, as a leading Asian country in wildlife conservation that has been at the forefront of environmental protection, has done its part and it was now Africa’s turn to also play her part.

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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese actress Jiang Yiyan addresses the press during her visit to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) offices in Nairobi. XINHUA PHOTOS - CHARLES ONYANGO

“We signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing last year to provide us with a platform to explain the threats and challenges that wildlife faces and how the issues can be addressed.

"The decisions Africa is making today about wildlife conservation will shape up her future,” Sebunya said.

Since its inception, the organization has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation - all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.

Jiang later flew to Amboseli National Park located in south-western Kenya with her crew to embark on the assignment that is awaiting her. 


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