Leonardo DiCaprio & Tigers

by Subikhyat Jung KC
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INTRODUCTION

The 21st century is full of various changes and developments that the human race has acquired. Being not only limited to Science and technology, but humans have also figured out many ways and invented types of machinery to make the entire world filled with ease and comfort. Similarly, along with the developments, humans have also focused on various other aspects such as climate change, global warming, melting of glaciers, and conservation of nature. People have gained consciousness, and now they are acting wisely and collaboratively to solve all the issues that they have created to make earth look beautiful once again.

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CONSERVATION OF NATURE

Many people worldwide have drawn over their attention to the problems faced by nature, and they are even contributing some amounts that can be used to control or solve that issue. There are global non-profit organizations that are working consistently and actively for achieving the goal of conserving nature. They are working to preserve and promote our ecosystem so that the species all over the earth get a good life to live with. The conservation of nature is so important, and that is the reason for the formation of such agile groups of workers. Many celebrities and famous identities have provided help to such organizations so that they don’t lack behind due to scarce resources.

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor who has won around 54 awards from 168 nominations and was named runner up for 4 of those nominations. He is also a film producer and an environmentalist. He has been playing roles in many movies, especially in biopics and period films. Since his childhood, he was very much interested in filmography, and because of his excellent acting and determination, he got a chance to work in the American film industry, and now he is popular among people all over the world.

His acting can be judged when we talk about the films “Romeo and Juliet” and “Titanic,” where he played the lead role. Not only conscious in his profession, but Leonardo has also been working to tackle the problems of nature and is working effectively in its conservation.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION

At the age of 24, Leonardo established his own foundation, LDF (Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation), that has continuously been working to spread awareness about nature conservation and control natural degradation. His foundation has been running in about 50 countries, and they work to encourage people about using natural resources wisely. 

Not only is it limited to nature conservation, but it also works to conserve wildlife and biodiversity. His foundation is dedicated to the protection and wellbeing of all earth’s inhabitants. His foundation supports all other foundations and projects that are working to build climate resilience, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to the threatened ecosystem and communities. This organization is the part of the Earth Alliance, a global organization that was newly formed to address the urgent threats to our planet.

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MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF LDF

To date, it has funded more than 200 projects and has supported around 132 organizations. It has financially assisted about 100 million American dollars. The six focus areas of this foundation are as follows:

i.   Wildlife and Landscapes

ii.  Marine life and Oceans

iii.  Climate change

iv.  Media, Science, and Technology

v.   Environment Now California Program

vi.  Indigenous Rights

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND TIGERS

Tigers have been one of those species whose populations decreased from 100000 to just a few thousand in the last 100 years. These creatures were headed towards extinction. But the global community and 132 organizations worldwide came up with specific strategies to resolve this crisis. The Tx2 global goal was created by the city to double the number of tigers by 2022 Chinese year. 

This was a quite ambitious plan to recover the tiger population and promote them. In collaboration with WWF (World Wildlife Fund), LDF has now been working to encourage the Tx2 goal in the jungles of Nepal (Terai). They have been working very hard to protect these creatures from getting extinct. They have organized specific plans and policies to promote the lives of wild tigers in Nepal.

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY LDF

They have been working to control illegal hunting of tigers and have strengthened areas for the breeding of tigers along with their habitat. It has also been working in monitoring the tiger population. It also manages the conservation areas so that no hindrance arises for the tigers to live peacefully and safely. LDF has a strong partnership with WWF, and both of these reputed organizations are struggling to restore the natural beauty in the jungles of Nepal, a nature-gifted nation. Some of the remarkable contributions made by LDF for Tx2 goal, in Nepal, are as follows:

  1. It has trained around 1624 parks and protection staff to collect essential data regarding tiger poaching or any other illegal activities. It also tracks the patrols by the use of GPS and related technologies,
  2. It has formed 31 Community bases Anti-Poaching Operations, which comprises of local youth volunteers, that can monitor and fight against the illegal poaching of tigers and illicit trade of tiger parts,
  3. It has also trained and prepared 39 Rapid Response Team that can take action to human-wildlife conflict events and has managed 1857 acres of grasslands, full of wild tigers and related species, in the core Terai habitat
  4. It has worked in renovation and construction of 35 guard posts to secure the national parks and wildlife reserves in the Terai to prevent illegal anti-tiger activities, 
  5.  Its activeness and hard-work resulted in increment of the tiger population of Nepal by 63% between 2009 and 2013 AD. Especially in Bardiya and Banke, the number of tigers has started to increase. To aware of the researchers and the students, LDF is conducting the third national tiger survey in Nepal to prepare expert reports regarding Tiger Science.

Still, LDF is working in many other countries to promote and increase the population of other endangered and vulnerable species so that the ecosystem of the earth can get restored once again, and land can still be the “home of bio-diversities.”

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