When news broke that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were splitting, concern for the fate of their six children soared. How would 15-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Pax, 12-year-old Zahara, 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, who just turned 11, manage amid the divorce drama rumors and headlines about Angelina and Brad? In recent months, that question has been partly answered by sightings of Jolie with her children, doing everything from celebrating Shiloh’s 11th birthday in Disneyland to running errands with her offspring, and statements from Brad about the focus on showing the children that they are loved.
Now it’s Shiloh back in the spotlight when it comes to the opportunity to bond with Angelina. Jolie and Shiloh recently helped open the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, reported ET.
The wildlife conservation group N/a’an ku se Foundation is credited with the opening of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. The sanctuary is named after Angelina’s and Brad’s daughter, who was born in Namibia.
Friends with the N/a’an ku se founders for more than 16 years, Jolie assisted in helping to open the sanctuary during a trip to Namibia. Angelina’s 11-year-old daughter helped her mom and posed with other kids to celebrate the grand opening of the sanctuary named for her. The exciting occasion was part of a recent visit to the African country.
How does the facility qualify as a wildlife sanctuary? The group has established a goal of caring for and assisting rhinoceroses and elephants that were orphaned or injured in a poaching incident. The helpless wildlife receive care from a full-time veterinarian.
The Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary contains everything from holding pens and trucks to veterinary equipment. That means that with the expertise of the full-time veterinarian, the wildlife can receive care until they heal and can be released back into their natural habitats.
This isn’t the first time that Angelina, who is known as a humanitarian and activist as well as an actress, has taken Shiloh on humanitarian and conservation trips. The mother and daughter also have paid visits to a Syrian refugee camp and Lebanon as part of Jolie’s humanitarian voyages.
However, visits to places such as the wildlife sanctuary don’t mean that Brad Pitt is out of the parenting picture. Although Jolie’s filing for divorce in September following two years of marriage and a 12-year relationship was initially followed by a custody drama over the six kids, the recent agreement reportedly gives Pitt “visitation” with the youngsters, according to E News.
Consequently, when Angelina and all six children recently took a weekend trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she adopted Zahara in 2005, there was time for the youngsters to visit Pitt. Prior to Jolie’s trip, some of the kids reportedly spent several hours at Brad’s home in Los Angeles.
But beyond all those rumors concerning the impact of Angelina’s and Brad’s split on their six children, there are statements from the actor.
Pitt recently opened up about his views on co-parenting with Jolie, reported People.
“Kids are everything.”
Brad described the six children who he shares with Angelina as forming the focus of his life.
“Kids are your life. They’re taking all the focus, as they should anyway,” Pitt added.
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