The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation just donated a whopping $3 million to help the World Wildlife Fund double the population of wild tigers in Nepal by 2022. The grant will aid the WWF in working with the Nepalese government to protect and monitor tiger populations and enact stronger anti-poaching controls. The gracious grant is expected to help increase the tiger population from 3,200 to 6,400 in the next nine years – by year of the tiger in the Chinese calendar.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has already supported WWF work to foster tiger populations in Nepal through theirSave Tigers Now campaign, with major results. This work spurred the foundation to extend its support, and issue another substantial grant to help aid the cause. Last May, DiCaprio himself staged a fundraiser with Christie’s Auction House called the 11th Hour Charity Auction, which raised a remarkable $38.8 million for conservation that evening.
DiCaprio, also a WWF Board member, has allocated the grant to target the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal, a 9,000 square mile range where tigers, rhinos and elephants thrive. The area is home to protected areas that will be reinforced, as well as open areas, forests and grasslands that will be fostered and guarded.
Over seven million people also live within this area, and the grant will help local communities by generating tourism, handicrafts and organic vegetable production. The grant will also help farmers cope with loss of their livestock to predators with an insurance fund.