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Leonardo to help save India tigers

world Updated: Sep 25, 2010 01:04 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

The endangered Indian tiger has a new champion — Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio, the star of Titanic and Inception, has been roped in by India’s Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh, during the latter’s visit to New York.

DiCaprio reportedly told Ramesh he was “very interested in the cause of tiger conservation” when the two met at a reception organised by the Coalition of Rainforest Nations.

Ramesh said DiCaprio will “lend his name” to the cause of the tiger and will play a “important role in sensitising” people about the plight that tigers face.

He also said the Hollywood actor had expressed interested in visiting India within the next couple of months since he was interested in seeing a tiger in the wild.

He also pointed out half the world’s population of tigers in the wild was in India. The Minister said, “DiCaprio’s involvement will strengthen India’s efforts” to save the tiger.

One of the organisers of the event, Kevin Conrad, Special Envoy for Climate Change for Papua New Guinea, pointed out DiCaprio was also interested in how climate change was related to the shrinking habitat of tigers.