RELEASE: The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Announces its First Grant of $3 Million to Help WWF Double Nepal’s Tiger Population

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Following the success of the 11th Hour Charity Auction held in May 2013 at Christie’s  

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Announces its First Grant of $3 Million to Help WWF Double Nepal’s Tiger Population

New York - Following the tremendous success of the 11th Hour Auction organized by Christie’s Loic Gouzer and Leonardo DiCaprio, which raised $38.8 million for conservation projects, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has awarded its first grant to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This $3 million donation to WWF will go towards a tiger conservation project in the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal: http://worldwildlife.org/press-releases/leonardo-dicaprio-foundation-donates-3-million-to-help-wwf-double-nepal-s-tiger-population . This grant is the first of a series which will be announced over the coming year.  

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 a historic night for conservation fundraising with the 11thHour Auction.”.

Christie’s is proud to have worked with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation on the extraordinary project that was the 11th Hour Auction. Too little is done for the environment and conservation, and Leonardo‘s leadership in the field will hopefully inspire others. This first grant will allow WWF to do critical work for tiger conservation in the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal,” declared Loic Gouzer, Christie’s International Specialist.

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ABOUT WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more and follow our news conversations on Twitter @WWFNews. 

ABOUT LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION

Dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. Since 1998, the Foundation has been working on pressing environmental and humanitarian issues through grant making, campaigning and media projects. Areas of focus include; wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, water access, climate change and disaster relief. The Foundation’s strategic approach to philanthropy for a better planet relies upon active collaboration with effective organizations as well as with other funders who share our goals and can magnify our impact. In tandem with LDF’s philanthropic efforts, the foundation uses digital media and Leonardo’s website & social media channels to inform and rally the public on environmental issues.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a component fund of the California Community Foundation. For more information visit www.leonardodicaprio.org

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