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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Saves Tigers in His Spare Time!

You may have seen him portray literature’s most popular characters, like Jay Gatsby or Romeo, or perhaps you’ve seen him playing historical figures like Howard Hughes and J. Edger Hoover, but Leonardo DiCaprio’s most influential role to date is his own philanthropy.

The Oscar-nominated actor, along with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, has contributed enormous support over the years to various environmental causes and humanitarian efforts. DiCaprio himself sits on the board of a number of international environmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the International Fund for the Animal Welfare, Global Green USA, and the Natural Resource Defense Council. His latest contribution comes in the form of a $3 million grant to the WWF for the conservation of tigers in Nepal.

This very generous grant will help to protect, as well as restore, important habitats for the tigers. The grant will also focus on encouraging more action to reduce illegal poaching activity. However, the tigers are not the only beneficiaries of the grant. It is also intended to help the local communities by encouraging them to participate in economic opportunities like eco-tourism, which will help prevent poverty as well as threats to the endangered tigers.

DiCaprio told the WWF, “Time is running out for the world’s remaining 3,200 tigers, largely the result of habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching. WWF, the government of Nepal and local communities are on the front lines of this battle and I am hopeful this grant will help them exceed the goal of doubling the number of these noble creatures in the wild.”

The balanced approach of international organization, government, and local community should be a winning combination for this effort to save the tigers in Nepal. The DiCaprio Foundation and the WWF are not new to the fight to save tigers, as both organizations contributed to the first joint tiger survey between India and Nepal. The results have been positive so far with an increase of tigers in Bardia National Park from just 18 in 2009 to 50 this year. Having the ability to monitor populations of any endangered species is the first step in helping that species recover.

In addition to saving tigers, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has focused considerably on a number of environmental and humanitarian issues, including:

  • Saving the last rainforests by working with the WWF and other foundations to save a block of Sumatran forest where endangered tigers, orangutans, and elephants inhabit but also where two indigenous tribes live. 
  • Protecting oceans through a collaboration called “Oceans 5” which fights overfishing, and establishes marine reserves.
  • Saving sharks by getting international trade restrictions for five threatened species of sharks.
  • Protecting Antarctica by providing a grant to Antarctic Ocean Alliance.
  • Providing a grant to supply sustainable access to clean water to 430,000 people in Darfur, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

You can help the tigers too! Donate to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation or support the WWF and adopt a tiger.

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52 comments on “Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Saves Tigers in His Spare Time!”

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Marina Drake
4 Years Ago

Too bad he didn't give it to an organization that supports veganism instead. WWF supports hunting: "…the organization itself takes no position either pro or con, on hunting…WWF recognizes that responsibly conducted hunting can be an appropriate wildlife management tool, particularly for abundant game that is maintained on a sustainable basis…WWF opposes hunting which might adversely affect the survival of threatened or endangered species…" Source: "What They Say About Hunting - Position Statements on Hunting of Major Conservation or Preservation Organizations," printed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation

Angelika Altum
4 Years Ago

great news!

Danni Holmes
4 Years Ago

See I knew there was a reason why I love this man! Xx

Melanie Schrader Ertman
4 Years Ago

He is setting a great example. Maybe others will follow.

Vickie Pfeiffer
4 Years Ago

Wonderful thing to do!!!!

Eileen Young
4 Years Ago

Thank you Leonardo! )

Gabrielle Sanchez
4 Years Ago

Why isn't he vegan?

Electronic Access Foundation
4 Years Ago


Jennifer Accomando
4 Years Ago

No offense, but that could feed so many people. #DAPAU

Joel C. Bolden
28 Nov 2013

There is MORE to this planet than people. Well done.

Thomas Schneider
23 Jan 2015

WELL SAID Joel C. Bolden. and many people who fight for wildlife included me have done something for poor people in the past too. Jennifer Accomando it gets bothersome to hear A Millions of Time the same thing when it comes to public support for animals. that it could be used for the feeding of people. what does feeding of poor people have to do that there are other important cauzes around as well?? fact is that there are other non important things in the world spend millions of dollar a year included the entertainment industry which could be used to feed many people. and there are more people spending , donating and caring for human than animals. there cant be just help for one side. get over it. And Living Wildlife is a good source for poor people to be fed. i ve nothing against if wildlife is used sustainable to feed poor local people. but theirfor it has to stay alieve. thats why money has to be used for such things as well not just for human directly.

Julia Hielscher
4 Years Ago



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