Not only is Leonardo DiCaprio a talented actor, but he's also extremely generous! The actor’s foundation, which is dedicated to wildlife conservation, just awarded a $3 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to help Nepal double its wild tiger population.
The goal is to double the current number by 2022, which is the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. The grant will go to creating corridors for the tiger’s dispersal and expansion, preventing poaching, and helping the local communities benefit from conservation efforts.
The actor has been a passionate advocate for the environment and began working with WWF in 2010 to launch the Save Tigers Now campaign.
“Time is running out for the world’s remaining 3,200 tigers, largely the result of habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching,” said Leo, a WWF board member. “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.”
He added, “I am grateful for the amazing support our Foundation has received -- especially to our partners at Christie’s who helped create an historic night for conservation fundraising with the 11th Hour Auction.”
The auction, which took place in May, raised a record $38.8 million for conservation. The grant money will be used in the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal, which includes protected areas for tigers, rhinos, and elephants amongst its 9,000 square-mile terrain.
Equally important to ensuring tiger protection is helping the local communities surrounding the Terai Arc benefit from these conservation efforts. WWF and its partners will work to create “income-generating activities through tourism, handicrafts and organic vegetable production” as well as “support insurance funds to help families cope with the loss of livestock to predators.”