Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $1M for Tiger Conservation

Leonardo_DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio is taking his tiger conservation efforts to a whole new level. The “Inception” star pledged $1 million to the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to save tigers, which, according to experts, are slowly being driven to extinction.

Prior to announcing his donation, DiCaprio has been one of the most high-profile and vocal supporters of the WWF’s tiger conservation campaign, devoting his Twitter page to raise awareness about the plight of the endangered mammals and touring tiger habitats in Nepal and Bhutan.

“If we don’t take action now, one of the most iconic animals on our planet could be gone in just a few decades,” DiCaprio said. “By saving tigers, we can also protect some of our last remaining ancient forests and improve the lives of indigenous communities.”

The 36-year-old actor is scheduled to join several heads of states in a tiger conservation summit to be hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg this week. The summit aims to launch a program to double tiger population, which the WWF said is now down to as low as 3,200.