Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated some very good news for the tiger population this afternoon.
The very outspoken environmentalist and animal activist posted on his facebook page:
“Great news World Wildlife Fund and Tiger WWF! Tiger numbers in a park in Nepal have doubled since 2009. When you protect tiger habitats from deforestation and poachers, these big cats can make a comeback.”
In an effort to track and protect the tiger population, World Wildlife Fund conducted a recent camera trap study in Nepal. Using these traps, they were able to identified 37 individual tigers. This is a considerable gain, since they had identified only 18 tigers in 2009. The tigers were monitored over a three-month period inside Bardia National Park in Nepal and the Khata wildlife corridor in the Terai Arc Landscape.
This exciting news is a result of Nepal’s commitment to reaching TX2—an initiative to double tiger populations by 2022, the next year of the tiger.
“This is proof that doubling the number of wild tigers is achievable if efforts by local communities and rangers on the frontlines of tiger conservation are complemented by high-level political support,” said Shubash Lohani of WWF’s Eastern Himalayas program.
The issues surrounding the protection of the large cat population has been one that is close to DiCaprio’s heart. Just a few months ago, he spoke out using social media about exotic cats in private captivity.
Visit WorldWildLife.org to learn more about the study and see more images from the camera traps.
Planet-loving actor Leonardo DiCaprio lent his support to World Oceans Day yesterday by using his social media networks to bring awareness to the Peace Paddle event in Malibu.
DiCaprio took to twitter to say, ”It’s World Oceans Day & as I see it, we have 2 options – exploit & destroy, or together we can protect it. j.mp/M8YFD0 #saveoceans”
He expanded the thought on his facebook page, asking fans to take the cause to political leaders.
“Food for 2.6 billion people. Oxygen to breath. Regulating our climate. What else is more vital to our health and well-being than our Oceans? It’s World Oceans Day, so join NRDC & me and urge our leaders to take action to protect our seas.”
Organized by the National Resources Defense Council, the Malibu Peace Paddle was a beautifully symbolic event where hundred of surfers gathered to position themselves in a peace sign in the water. The event was used to heighten awareness for the current state of our oceans, the level of pollution and the dying coral reefs. As you can see in the video below, the event was very successful evening earning them a Guiness Book Record.
DiCaprio and the NRDC are encouraging people to voice their concerns regarding our oceans, in time for the world leaders are meeting for the Rio+20 Summit later this month.
Leonardo DiCaprio always here to help the environment! <3