Danai Gurira promotes anti-poaching campaign in Zimbabwe

Danai Gurira. (Photo: Getty Images)
Danai Gurira. (Photo: Getty Images)

Johannesburg — Black Panther star Danai Gurira has travelled to Zimbabwe to join a campaign aimed at protecting rhinos from poachers.

The WildAid conservation group says Gurira, who mostly grew up in Zimbabwe, is participating in a publicity campaign called "Poaching Steals From Us All" that will run across Africa.

Gurira appears in an anti-poaching video that opens with a scene from the Black Panther movie in which her character, Okoye, steps in front of a charging rhino that abruptly stops and licks her cheek.

"We're losing our heritage and an important attraction for our tourism industry," Gurira says, urging people to report wildlife crime.


In a second post promoting the new campaign Gurira shared a photo of herself and an "orphaned bull elephant" that was given "a second chance thanks to local wildlife conservation efforts".

Alongside the photo, Gurira added that she was happy to be home.


China and Vietnam have also been targeted in campaigns to reduce demand for rhino horn. Some consumers believe the horn can cure illnesses.

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