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Leonardo Dicaprio Fighting For Indonesian Elephants' Future

Leonardo Dicaprio, the Revenant star and environmental activist took a trip to the jungles of the Asian country over the weekend (26-27Mar16) alongside fellow actors Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens in a bid to garner support for the creation of a nature sanctuary on the island of Sumatra.
Leonardo is working for his environmental foundation in partnership with locals to protect the rare habitat, which is home to the endangered Sumatran elephants, as well as tigers, rhinos and orangutans.
The Oscar-winning star posted a picture of himself with the elephants, which he captioned, "The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem (the island's rainforest), last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild."
Although the area already officially forms part of the country's Mount Leuser National Park, the animals' habitat is still under threat due to the creation of palm oil plantations. Via his foundation, Leonardo hopes to create a full wildlife sanctuary protected by barriers and park rangers.
According to editors at The Jakarta Post, the three actors also visited a research facility in the park, which houses three orangutans whose behaviour they observed.
The Hollywood superstar, who founded his environmental foundation in 1998, has long fought the dangers of environmental destruction and climate change.
At last month's (Feb16) Oscars ceremony, he used his acceptance speech after his Best Actor win to speak about his passion, stating, "Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."


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