Actress Kristin Davis will be recognized by the Human Society of the United States (HSUS) at this year’s Genesis Awards for her part in bringing attention to the plight of orphaned African elephants affected by the ivory trade.
During the event Davis will receive The Wyler Award, an honor given to a “celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals.”
“I am so excited to receive The Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States, as it gives me the opportunity to keep talking about an issue that’s a profound labor of love for me,” said Davis. “Elephants are truly amazing animals and they need our protection, and what people in this country may not realize is that they can help by not buying ivory items.”
The 45-year-old Sex and the City star found her life-long passion for the largest land mammal taken to new heights after she discovered an abandoned baby elephant while on safari in Africa two years ago. Davis made arrangements for the helpless creature to be taken to the world-renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust that operates a program for rehabilitating orphaned elephants and rhinos.
“Kristin Davis is the embodiment of The Wyler Award,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hollywood office of The HSUS and executive producer of The 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards. “Known for her compassion for all animals, Kristin has made elephants a primary cause, and we are proud to acknowledge her work spreading the message about a critical animal issue.”
The 25th Genesis Awards will be Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA.