Leonardo Dicaprio visits Bardia National Park
Leonardo DiCaprio and WWF/uS Ceo Carter roberts have teamed up with: ‘Save Tigers Now’. launched during the: ‘year of the Tiger’ in a bid to save tigers from extinction.
With leonardo donating: $1 million from his leonardo DiCaprio Fund set up in 1998. Together they hope to raise $20 million by the next Chinese ‘year of the Tiger, 2022’ to help double the current population of tigers left in the wild. The Campaign has been designed to highlight the plight of the tiger whose future is threatened by illegal poaching, habitat loss and raise funds for tiger preservation.
leonardo DiCaprio a WWF board Member, also paid a flying 3 day visit to Nepal’s bardia National Park (stayed at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge); touring the tiger habitat on elephant back, with the anti-poaching team and park guards, who are on the front line of protecting tigers from international traffickers (who hunt tigers for their skin and other body parts, often used in Chinese medicine) to see for himself the threats the tigers face.
“Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world’s most important ecosystems,” said leonardo DiCaprio.
‘Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planets last wild habitats and help sustain the local communities surrounding them. By protecting this iconic species we can save so much more’.
According to the WWF, ‘more than 90 per cent of historic tiger habitat no longer has tigers. Three tiger sub-species have gone extinct since the 1940s and a fourth one, the South China tiger, has not been seen in the wild for 25 years’.
“WWF is privileged to have partnered with leonardo DiCaprio to work on tiger conservation. He cares deeply about the fate of Wild Tigers and the people with whom they share their habitat. He is committing his time, wealth, and most importantly, his talent to this noble cause,” said Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country representative of WWF Nepal. “From using path-breaking scientific techniques on the ground to actively pushing for better policies on tiger conservation nationally and internationally, WWF is supporting the Government of Nepal’s wide-ranging efforts to save the Wild Tiger population in Nepal”.
With WWF Ceo Carter Roberts commenting: “Give tigers enough space and protection and they’ll recover”.
The actor and environmentalist also learnt how the WWF scientists monitor the parks tigers, and set camera traps with WWF staff member: