Josh Duhamel’s recent trip to Africa wasn’t just vacation—it was life changing. The actor spent five days in Tanzania’s Grumeti Game Reserve with the African Community & Conservation Foundation (ACCF), visiting education centers and empowerment projects, training with anti-poaching and special-ops units, and roaming the savanna marveling at giraffes, lions, leopards, elephants, and baboons.

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The goal of the trip was to raise awareness and funding to protect African wilderness and support the more than 20 villages that neighbor the 350,000-acre reserve. But Duhamel did more than that: Upon returning from his adventure, he joined the ACCF board to further transform lives and protect wild places throughout Africa.