DiCaprio takes tiger is­sue by tail

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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

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