Leonardo DiCaprio Helps To Boost Tiger Population
Leonardo DiCaprio is “proud” that his charity’s animal conservation efforts have boosted the wild tiger population for the first time in around 100 years. In 2010, the actor’s charity the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) pledged to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
DiCaprio is now celebrating after it was announced on Sunday that their work has managed to reverse the constant decline of tiger numbers, and the population has actually increased for the first time in more than 100 years.
“Tigers are some of the most vital and beloved animals on Earth,” said DiCaprio, LDF chairman, in a statement. “With our partners at WWF, my Foundation has supported major efforts to double the number of tigers in the wild. In Nepal, our efforts have produced one of the greatest areas of progress in tiger conservation, which is helping drive this global increase in population.
“I am so proud that our collective efforts have begun to make progress toward our goal, but there is still so much to be done. I am optimistic about what can be achieved when governments, communities, conservationists and private foundations like ours come together to tackle global challenges.”
DiCaprio is a board member of WWF and his charity is among with the most significant contributors to WWF’s tiger conversation schemes. LDF has donated more than $6.2 million to WWF since 2010 to help the cause.
This is not the only issue close to DiCaprio’s heart; he is a vocal campaigner about climate change, and even highlighted the subject in his Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech in February.
He also recently visited the Indonesian island of Sumatra to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species living in the jungle.