Lupita Nyong'o Takes us Back to Serengeti

By: Discovery

A multi-talented artist, Nyong'o gives voice to the incredible world of the Discovery series that breaks the mold of what a documentary can be.

July 03, 2020

SERENGETI is not your average nature documentary, so naturally a very special voice was needed to tell the story. Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o sat down with Discovery (via Zoom) to look back on her experience as the narrator of these truly amazing animal tales.

Q: What did you enjoy most while working on Serengeti?

I find that this six-part series is quite special. And I enjoyed the entire experience. I enjoyed the intimacy that it afforded me with these animals.

Q: How did you develop your voice as the storyteller of the series?

When I think of nature documentaries, the first sound and accent that comes to my mind is a British male voice. And so, the fact that I had this opportunity and that they wanted me to be as natural as possible was very exciting.

Q: What was your favorite scene or moment to narrate?

I really loved the moments with the children. One of my favorite moments was with the baby elephant when he was learning to walk.

He keeps stumbling and there’s a levity in that, and it was an interesting moment to try and strike that—the right chord.

Q: What will you always remember about Serengeti?

The value of documentaries like the Serengeti is to remind us how close we are to the rest of nature.

This world is so big and so beautiful and worth fighting for.

Editor's Note 7/28/20

Lupita Nyong’o has been recognized with an Emmy® nomination in the Outstanding Narrator Category for her work on SERENGETI.

Next Up

Make Room for the Lion Queen with the Return of Serengeti

The epic adventure continues this summer on Discovery with Academy Award winner and Emmy nominated storyteller Lupita Nyong'o. Stream all past episodes on discovery+ before the new season begins.

Lupita Nyong'o Set to Narrate Upcoming Series Serengeti

The Academy Award-winning actress will narrate the six-part series which tells the heartwarming stories of a cast of African wildlife over the course of a year.

Meet the Animals Who Survived the Tiger King

The all-new documentary special ‘SURVIVING JOE EXOTIC’ premieres July 25 at 10P ET/PT on Animal Planet and features one of Joe Exotic’s last formal interviews before his arrest.

Jackson Galaxy Returns for Animal Planet COVID-19 Special

Galaxy is faced with a whole new set of quarantine cat behaviors that test his skills against some of the most claw-some felines he has ever met. Watch a special MY CAT FROM HELL on Animal Planet July 11 at 10P ET.

Monarch Butterfly Migration is Threatened by Climate Change

The monarch butterfly migration is at risk due to climate change and other environmental factors. This is how one reserve in Mexico is trying to save the day.

California Oil Spill Wreaks Havoc on Wildlife

A devastating oil spill caused by a pipeline failure off the coast of Orange County, California has sent 126,000 gallons gushing into the Pacific ocean.

California’s Ocean is Neon - and It’s All Natural!

The California coastline is glowing and it’s not a trick of the imagination. Nature is putting on a show and it’s all thanks to some of the smallest organisms on the planet.

Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell Welcome Fur Baby into Family

Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell rang in the new year with a new furry family member, a puppy named Piggy.

Save the Sea Animals

Just because the ocean is massive, doesn’t mean that the sea life that call it home are immune to the day-to-day actions of humanity. Oceana’s mission is to protect the oceans through action and education.

The Battle to Save California Mountain Lions

California is considering protecting mountain lions in certain parts of the state through the Endangered Species Act – but not everyone is happy about it.