Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has reiterated his commitment to wild tigers in Nepal by making a significant contribution to World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
While WWF hasn’t disclosed the amount donated by the actor, through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a report in ‘Los Angeles Times’ mention the figure as $ 3 million.
The donation made on the third anniversary of the 2010 Global Tiger Summit is expected to help Nepal double its number of wild tigers by 2022—the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.
The grant will help anti-poaching patrols, protect areas for tiger breeding, restore critical corridors and monitor tiger populations in five protected areas of Nepal’s Terai Arc landscape.
“WWF, Government of Nepal and local communities are on the front lines of this battle (to save tigers) and I am hopeful this grant will help them exceed the goal of doubling the number of these noble creatures,” DiCaprio stated in a release issued by WWF. The actor had visited Nepal in 2011 and earlier grants from his foundation have played a part in increasing the number of wild tigers in Bardia National Park from an estimated 18 to 50 at present.
Nepal is one the 13 countries where tigers are still found in the wild but they are under threat due to poaching and loss of habitat. All these countries had set a goal in 2010 of doubling the number of tigers in wild by 2022.
“The announcement by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation adds impetus to Nepal’s tiger protection efforts,” said Anil Manandhar, country representative of WWF Nepal.