Leonardo DiCaprio Reacts to Rising Wild Tiger Populations (Statement)
Leonardo DiCaprio has released a statement after it was announced that the number of wild tigers has increased for the first time after 100 years in decline.
The 41-year-old actor’s foundation, along with the World Wildlife Fund, committed to doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022. Leonardo‘s foundation has donated over $6.2 million since 2010.
“Tigers are some of the most vital and beloved animals on Earth. With our partners at WWF, my Foundation has supported major efforts to double the number of tigers in the wild. In Nepal, our efforts have produced one of the greatest areas of progress in tiger conservation, which is helping drive this global increase in population. I am so proud that our collective efforts have begun to make progress toward our goal, but there is still so much to be done. I am optimistic about what can be achieved when governments, communities, conservationists and private foundations like ours come together to tackle global challenges,” Leonardo said in a statement.
Click inside for the statement from the World Wildlife Fund…
“We’ve watched tigers decline for decades and have dreamed of bending that curve in the other direction,” Carter Roberts, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), said. “In a sea of bad news on the environment, we’re now seeing increases in global wild tiger population for the first time in 100 years. This is a big deal. Together with the generous support of our partners like LDF and so many others, we are making significant progress on one of the greatest comeback stories in conservation. We see that leaders matter. Communities matter. And coalitions matter. Now is the moment to amplify these efforts and achieve our shared dream to double the wild tiger population by 2022.”