It would appear that Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer welcome in Indonesia.
Last month, the 41-year-old Oscar winning actor and environmental activist’s visited the Indonesian island of Sumatra when he posted a picture on Instagram about how indigenous species are under threat. Wildlife in the Leuser Ecosystem like Sumatran elephants, tigers and orangutans were all in danger because of the local palm oil industry, he said.
“The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migration corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water,” DiCaprio wrote. “A world-class biodiversity hotspot ... But Palm Oil expansion is destroying this unique place. Now is the time to save the Leuser Ecosystem,” read his Instagram post.
The lowland #rainforest of the Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran #elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last #wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild. Click the link in the bio to stand with @haka_sumatra as they fight to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #Indonesia
Heru Santoso, a spokesperson for the Indonesian government, responded to the post by threatening to prevent the Wolf of Wall Street actor from visiting the Southeast Asian country again.
“We support his concern to save the Leuser ecosystem. But we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media,” he said.
A world-class biodiversity hotspot, the #Indonesian Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important areas of intact #rainforest left in Southeast Asia. Its forests are home to the densest remaining populations of the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan. But Palm Oil expansion is destroying this unique place. Now is the time to save the Leuser Ecosystem. We must develop a permanent solution to protect and restore this valuable natural asset. Click the link in the bio to stand up and #SaveLeuserEcosystem. #Indonesia
Leonardo DiCaprio has always been active about spreading awareness about the harm being done to the environment. He even spoke about it in his Oscars acceptance speech.
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