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Leonardo DiCaprio will likely spend much of his summer promoting his latest film, Inception (opening July 16), but at the moment, he's trying to stop one of nature's greatest creatures from facing extinction.
DiCaprio, 35, an environmental advocate (he produced the environmental documentary The 11th Hour and runs the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation), has joined with the World Wildlife Fund to launch Save Tigers Now -- a campaign to ensure that tigers can continue to thrive.
According to Access Hollywood, DiCaprio will first head to Asia to "seek out remote tiger habitats and document their natural environments." Startling statistics on the official Save Tigers Now website (where you can make a donation) say there are as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild. And wild tiger numbers have declined 97% over the past 100 years!
DiCaprio's campaign is starting, appropriately, during the Chinese Year of the Tiger, in hopes that by the next Chinese Year of the Tiger (2022), he'll have raised at least $20 million, as well as doubling the world's tiger population.
The Oscar-nominated star said in a statement, "Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world's most important ecosystems. Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planet's last wild habitats and help sustain the local communities surrounding them. By protecting this iconic species, we can save so much more."
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