Leonardo DiCaprio’s $3 Million Christmas Present to Tigers

Posted Thursday November 21, 2013 4:03 PM GMT

While he’s best-known for his on-screen charisma, Leonardo DiCaprio is also an avid animal lover and dedicated advocate for endangered species.

To that end, the “Titanic” hunk recently put his money where his mouth is and donated a whopping $3 million to help double the number of tigers in the Terai Arc landscape of Nepal.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation hopes to help the World Wildlife Fund accomplish this lofty goal by 2022, and now it seems the appropriate resources have been allocated to the cause.

DiCaprio explained, “[The goal is to] strengthen anti-poaching patrols, protect core areas for tiger breeding, restore critical corridors for their dispersal and expansion and continuously monitor tiger populations."

“Time is running out for the world’s remaining 3,200 tigers, largely the result of habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching. WWF, the government of Nepal and local communities are on the front lines of this battle and I am hopeful this grant will help them exceed the goal of doubling the number of these noble creatures in the wild.”

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