DiCaprio takes tiger issue by tail
NEW YORK: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s conservation foundation has awarded a $3 million (R30m) grant to the World Wildlife Fund to help Nepal increase its tiger population.
The WWF said last week the money from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will be used for an initiative to double the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022, the next Chinese year of the tiger.
“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, WFF president and chief executive.
Nepal’s tigers, the Panthera tigris, have been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
DiCaprio said the world’s population of 3 200 tigers was endangered by “habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching”.
His foundation has helped increase the number of tigers in Nepal’s Terai Bardia National Park from 18 to 50. – Reuters