November 23rd, 2010
10:08 AM ET
Leonardo DiCaprio is putting his money where his tweet is.
After devoting much of his Twitter page to tiger conservation awareness, the actor has committed $1 million to the World Wildlife Fund and will attend a summit for the cause this week.
According to a WWF press release, the number of tigers across Asia dropped from 100,000 at the start of the last century to as few as 3,200.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will host DiCaprio and the heads of government from 13 tiger range countries at this week's summit in St. Petersburg, where they are expected to announce a Global Tiger Recovery Program with the goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022.
Besides tweeting about the big cats, WWF board member DiCaprio has toured their habitats in Nepal and Bhutan and helped raise $20 million through the Save Tigers Now campaign.
"Illegal poaching of tigers for their parts and massive habitat loss due to palm oil, timber, and paper production are driving this species to extinction,” says the 36-year-old actor.
“If we don’t take action now, one of the most iconic animals on our planet could be gone in just a few decades," he added. "By saving tigers, we can also protect some of our last remaining ancient forests and improve the lives of indigenous communities."
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