Written by Zoë Holloway, April 1, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio has made no secret of the fact that he’s passionate about the environment, and he’s a devoted protector of our planet. So, if you follow the 41-year-old Oscar-winner on social media you would have seen the fabulous selfies he’s been posting recently. For those who haven’t spotted the pics, you’re in for a treat.

A few days ago he shared an adorable photo with two Sumatran elephants, while pleading for their habitat not to be destroyed, thanks to various industries palm oil plantations. And on March 31, the actor followed this sentiment by sharing an adorable photo of him with a Sumatran orangutan in Indonesia, whose habitat is also being eliminated, leaving many of the animals orphaned.

 

The lowland #rainforest of the Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran #elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last #wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild. Click the link in the bio to stand with @haka_sumatra as they fight to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #Indonesia

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Leo’s activism came to the fore during his Oscar’s acceptance speech this year when he won the Best Actor gong for his role in The Revenant. He used the moment to talk about climate change.

‘Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,’ he said.

He further explained that the film’s production team had ‘needed to move to the most southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow’ and finished on the note, ‘let us not take this planet for granted.’

Well said, Leo.

 

 

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