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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt donate $2 million to African wildlife sanctuary

January 3, 2011 | 10:25 am

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt left a nice Christmas gift behind after spending the holiday in Namibia with the kids -- a $2-million donation to the wildlife sanctuary where they stayed.

The donation to the Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary, whose owners Jolie called old friends, was made through the Jolie-Pitt Foundation in the name of their daughter Shiloh, who was born in Namibia.

"We want her to be very involved and grow up with the understanding of her country of birth," Jolie said in a statement released Sunday.

During the Jolie-Pitt family's stay at the exclusive lodge, the six kids helped to feed and care for orphaned baby baboons and foxes and saw a leopard released back into the wild, staff said. Hey, we already know Shiloh digs alligators, right?

Shiloh is the first of Jolie's three biological children with Pitt. Maddox, Zahara and Pax were adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, respectively; twins Knox and Vivienne were born in France.

The money will be used to run a free clinic for bushmen in the community, for large-animal conservation projects and more, the sanctuary's finance chief said.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: "The Tourist" star Angelina Jolie with partner Brad Pitt at the movie's German premiere on Dec. 14, 2010, in Berlin. Credit: Jens Kalaene / EPA