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Leonardo DiCaprio to play roaring new role in Nepal
« on: July 14, 2010, 03:54:40 PM »
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You could  call it a new action story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by  WWF!The Hollywood star is  playing a new role - spearheading an initiative to double the number of  tigers worldwide, including the 123 big cats found in Nepal.
The  36-year-old celebrity paid a cloak-and-dagger visit to the Bardiya  National Park in far-western Nepal to meet wildlife conservation  officials and locals, with the paparazzi remaining lamentably unaware of  the trip.
Leonardo, the star of acclaimed movies like 'Titanic'  and 'The Aviator', arrived in Nepal on a three-day visit in end-May -  kept a tightly guarded secret - soon after he signed an agreement with  the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to lead Save Tigers Now, a campaign  to increase awareness about the threats to tigers and raise funds for  tiger preservation efforts.
With 2010 being the year of the tiger,  WWF has what it acknowledges as "an ambitious goal" to earmark $20  million to double the tiger population by 2022, the next year of the  tiger.
"Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world's  most important ecosystems," said Leonardo, who set up his Leonardo  DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to focus on climate change, water, disaster  relief and preservation of the planet's biodiversity.
"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."
It is estimated that today there are just  about 3,200 of the majestic creatures left in the entire world. More  than 90 percent of the historic tiger habitat no longer has tigers,  three tiger sub-species became extinct since the 1940s and a fourth one,  the South China tiger, has not been seen in the wild for 25 years.
The  decimation of the species has been caused by a combination of habitat  loss and illegal poaching for tiger skin, bones and other body parts,  which are used in many cultures as medicines, talismans, status symbols  and clothing.
"Give tigers enough space and protection and they'll  recover," says WWF CEO Carter Roberts.

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