by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Harrison Ford surprised schoolchildren on a trip to Washington’s National Zoo, by appearing with members from the World Bank to officially launch a new global effort to save tigers from extinction. The 65-year-old star has been ramping up his philanthropic efforts — mainly we suspect due to the spotlight of the latest Indiana Jones movie shining brightly on him.

The campaign, which also has the support of celebrities like Bo Derek and Robert Duvall, will highlight how deforestation, development and illegal poaching are having a devastating impact on tiger populations across Asia. “I am concerned about the future of the entire animal community and human community as well,” Ford said. “The focus on tigers today is a critical opportunity to talk about tigers and talk about the communities in the places in which they live and the others who share that environment – humans included.”

Most recently, Ford participated in some new 30-second PSA’s for the organization WildAid urging people not to purchase or support illegal animal skins or poached products from abroad. “No thanks, just send me a postcard,” he says in the videos.

Check out a video of Ford speaking at the Zoo yesterday below. To find out more on the initiative, jump here.

Photo credit: AFP: Karen Bleier

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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