“Time is running out for the world’s remaining 3,200 tigers, largely the result of habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching,” said Leonardo DiCaprio, a WWF Board member. “WWF, the government of Nepal and local communities are on the front lines of this battle and I am hopeful this grant will help them exceed the goal of doubling the number of these noble creatures in the wild. I am grateful for the amazing support our Foundation has received — especially to our partners at Christie’s who helped create an historic night for conservation fundraising with the 11th Hour Auction.”
The 11th Hour Auction, held back in May and featuring 33 works of art from some of the world’s greatest living artists, raised over $38.8 million for conservation. This latest donation to WWF represents the first of many organizations that evening’s success will help sponsor.
“Leonardo DiCaprio defies expectations in leveraging his voice and influence to restore tigers and their habitat in one of the most hopeful places on Earth,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “His foundation is all about delivering real results for conservation on the ground and empowering local communities; nowhere is that more evident than in Nepal. The numbers speak for themselves and we are grateful for our partnership.”
DiCaprio’s gift will help sustain Nepal as it moves ever closer to its goal of doubling wild tigers by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022. To learn more or donate, hit the Save The Tigers Now website here.