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Chinese actress feeds Kenya's orphan elephants

Monday - 5/6/2013, 11:33am  ET

Chinese actress and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing arrives to speak about the illegal ivory trade at a press conference held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, May 6, 2013. Bingbing, who has starred in a number of high-profile English-language films including “Resident Evil” and “The Forbidden Kingdom”, is in Kenya to bring attention to the growing problem of the international ivory trade, and on Tuesday urged governments and consumers to combat the illegal wildlife trade. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Chinese actress Li Bingbing is in Kenya to bring attention to the growing problem of elephants slaughtered for the international ivory trade.

Bingbing on Tuesday urged governments and consumers to combat the illegal wildlife trade. She told a news conference that Africa's poaching crisis raises major concerns about the survival of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. She noted that such deaths are linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militias.

Former NBA star Yao Ming has also visited Kenya to raise awareness about the ivory trade. Most African ivory is shipped to Asia, especially to China.

The United Nations says the number of elephants illegally killed in Africa has doubled in 10 years.

Bingbing has starred in high-profile English-language films, including "Resident Evil" and "The Forbidden Kingdom."


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