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Leonardo DiCaprio Hangs With Elephant Posse To Help Save Endangered Species

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Sumatran elephants.

Leonardo DiCaprio is utilizing his star energy and large social media following to assist unfold the phrase of a critically endangered species.

The Oscar-profitable actor posted a photograph of himself posing alongside conservationists with two critically endangered Sumatran elephants to Facebook, this week. The submit, which has garnered over 390,000 likes and near 30,000 shares, defined how palm oil plantations are threatening the species’ habitat within the Leuser Ecosystem — an space of forest situated within the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra on the Indonesia island of Sumatra:

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The lowland rainforests of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem are thought-about the world’s greatest remaining habitat for the…

Posted by Leonardo DiCaprio on Monday, March 28, 2016

DiCaprio’s aim is to work alongside native companions to create a “mega-fauna sanctuary” so the endangered species can proceed to seek out sufficient water and meals to outlive.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, Sumatran elephants shifted from the classification of “endangered” to “critically endangered” in 2012, because of Sumatra experiencing one of many highest charges of deforestation within the Asian elephant vary, dropping 70 % of its habitat in only one era. WWF cites palm oil plantations and pulp and paper industries in Sumatra’s Riau province as causes for the deforestation.



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Police from the Aceh Tamiang district put together to enter an unlawful palm oil plantation contained in the Leuser Ecosystem in 2009.

HAkA, an area NGO, that DiCaprio advocates for in his submit, additionally factors out within the video under that the Aceh authorities needs to dismantle nationwide spatial planning legal guidelines that at present shield the Leuser Ecosystem, which additional threatens the elephant’s survival. 

A world-class biodiversity hotspot, the #Indonesian Leuser Ecosystem is likely one of the most essential areas of intact #rainforest left in Southeast Asia. Its forests are home to the densest remaining populations of the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan. But Palm Oil enlargement is destroying this distinctive place. Now is the time to save lots of the Leuser Ecosystem. We should develop a everlasting answer to guard and restore this priceless pure asset. Click the hyperlink within the bio to face up and #SaveLeuserEcosystem. #Indonesia

A photograph posted by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on Mar 29, 2016 at N:21am PDT

Yet DiCaprio — whose eponymous basis, just lately donated $15 million in grants for environmental tasks ­– sums up the importance of conserving this habitat greatest in his publish by merely mentioning that the Leuser Ecosystem is the “final place on Earth the place Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist within the wild.”

And who needs to lose that?

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