While they were fairly quiet in 2010 with regards to big dollar donations, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have kicked off 2011 on a generous note. The celebrity couple announced late last week through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation that the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia will receive $2 million to benefit the people and animals of the region.

The gift was made in the name of their daughter, Shiloh, who was born in Namibia in 2006.

“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.”

During the holidays, Pitt, Jolie and their six children spent time at the wildlife sanctuary where staff members said 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.

via Ecorazzi

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