It’s no secret that Yao Ming is tall, but in person – he’s larger than life.
And it’s not just his height that’s impressive. He has one of the biggest hearts of anyone around.
But he’ll tell you, working to save endangered animals is especially meaningful to him.
“I feel they have a personality – just like us,” Yao said of the rhinos and elephants he met during a trip to Africa two years ago. “Some are very funny. Some are very shy. They have a good memory too – and know the people who treat them very well.”