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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation provides grant to double tiger population by 2022

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has awarded a grant to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for a bold initiative to help Nepal double the population of wild tiger by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.

The award was presented on the third anniversary of the historic Global Tiger Summit. The grant will bolster WWF’s work with the Government of Nepal and local communities in five protected areas of Nepal’s Terai Arc landscape to strengthen anti-poaching patrols, protect core areas for tiger breeding, restore critical corridors for their dispersal and expansion, and continuously monitor tiger populations.

Previous support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation had proved fruitful as it helped grow the number of tigers in the Terai’s Bardia National Park from an estimated 18 to 50 tigers.

The grant represents the first funds awarded from the successful Christie’s 11th Hour Charity Auction in May, created by DiCaprio.

DiCaprio has long been a passionate advocate for the environment and joined forces with WWF beginning in 2010 to launch Save Tigers Now, a global campaign to raise political, financial and public support to save tigers in the wild.

“Time is running out for the world’s remaining 3,200 tigers, largely due to the result of habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching,” said Leonardo DiCaprio, 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.”

Nepal is on target to become one of the first tiger range countries to achieve the 2010 Global Tiger Summit’s goal of doubling wild tigers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.

The Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal, where the grant will be used, is 9,000 square miles and includes six protected areas that are critical tiger, rhino and elephant habitat. The densely populated region is also home to nearly seven million people, majority of whom who depend on its natural resources for their livelihoods.

“Nepal’s successful tiger conservation programme is the result of the seamless efforts and commitment of the Government of Nepal, its conservation partners including WWF, and the local communities,” stated Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal.

source: Gorkhapatraonline.com, 22 NOV 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio donates $3m to save tigers in Nepal

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $3 million (£1.85 million) to help save tigers in Nepal.

The Great Gatsby star made the donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) via his charitable foundation.

The funds will be used to significantly increase the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022 – the next year of the tiger.

In a statement, the 39-year-old said he’s “hopeful” the money will help “exceed the goal” of doubling Nepal’s tiger population.

Nepal’s tigers are classified as endangered and – as with the general tiger population – are under threat from “habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching”.

Art auction

DiCaprio’s donation will help enforce anti-poaching patrols and protect and restore areas for the tigers to breed in Nepal.

So far, the foundation has helped increase the tiger population in Nepal’s Terai Bardia National Park from 18 to 50.

“His foundation is all about delivering real results for conservation on the ground and empowering local communities; nowhere is that more evident than in Nepal,” said Carter Roberts, president of the WWF.

The DiCaprio Foundation aims to protect “Earth’s last wild places and foster a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world”.

Earlier this year, the foundation raised $38.8 (£23.9m) million through donations and an art auction at Christie’s in New York.

The tiger grant is the first from the proceeds of the auction, according to the WWF.

DiCaprio will next be seen on the big screen playing the lead in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, due out on 17 January.

source: BBC, 22 NOV 2013