by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Leonardo DiCaprio is continuing his campaign to save tigers from extinction by partnering with the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s “2010 Animal Action Week”.  Now in it’s 18th year, the event runs through Sunday and encourages children around the world to speak up and help save animals.

This year’s theme, “Born to be Wild”, highlights the alarming plight of tigers, which are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching have reduced worldwide wild tiger populations from about 100,000 in 1900 to as few as 3,000 today. “Tigers are dangerously close to vanishing forever,” said Mr. DiCaprio, an IFAW Honorary Board Member. “If we don’t want our children to grow up in a world where tigers are extinct, the time for action is now.”

Late last month, it was announced that the 35-year-old actor will be travelling to India sometime in the next few months to bring attention to tiger conservation programs in that country. He hopes to aide in raising more than $20 million to double the worldwide tiger population by 2022.

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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  • Ceecee

    Mr Dicaprio has brought many issues to my attention. Its an excellent idea to educate children in regards to the future of whales, dolphins, tigers, panda’s and the environment issues too!

    Good luck to him in his travels to India and also good luck to IFAW for pushing these important issues into the public eye for us all to learn from them and for us to help you achieve these goals.