Leonardo DiCaprio's presence is just the gift that keeps on giving and it appears that a month after his big success at the Academy Awards for The Revenant, the Hollywood actor has already turned his attention to new endeavors.
The other day, Leo was reported to be hanging out amongst critically endangered Sumatran elephants in the lowland forests of Indonesia. These gentle giants of the animal kingdom have been losing their home little by little and struggling to find adequate sources of food and water on land that is struggling at the hands of the ruthless palm oil industry.
As it stands, it is reported that approximately three hundred football fields of forest are being destroyed every single hour to make way for plantations. As a result, these wonderful creatures are finding it impossible to survive in their natural habitat.
Ultimately, Leo has been in the country to fight against this grim reality. Posting to his official Facebook page yesterday, the actor made his thoughts on the issue very clear -- he said:
"The lowland rainforests of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of #PalmOil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water."
Leo then urged us all to support the non-governmental organization Forest Nature and Environment Aceh to help protect these critically endangered creatures.
And that's not all the good that the Oscar-winner is doing for the natural world. He has long been an advocate for environmental change in the world and recently, announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will be generously donating $15 million to environmental protection. Of this amount, funds will also be allocated to protecting 6.5 million acres of Sumatran rainforests and the helpless creatures that live within it.
Once again, Leo has proven his star power and worth by using his talent and incredible influence for good. Keep doing what you're doing, you wonderful man!
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