Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Protects Near Extinct American Gray Wolves

- in Best of Humanity, Wildlife

Leonardo DiCaprio has a foundation (LDF) dedicated to protecting wellbeings of all Earth’s inhabitants. They support projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.

One of his projects was to save gray wolves from distinction. Wolves used to roam the landscapes in North America. Due to mankind gray wolves are now virtually exterminated.

The gray wolves play a fundamental role in maintaining our health ecosystem as they prey on hoofed mammals, such as elks, moose, and deer. Should they become extinct it would have effects on the food of the prey and cause a boost in the population of other predators.

LDF is supporting the work of Defenders of Wildlife to bring back the Gray wolf in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. They have worked together with ranchers and other partners over the past year. Now for the first time, the wild population is up from 97 the past year to a record of 113 wolves.

Leonardo DiCaprio also partnered with Pacific Wolf Coalition in California, Washington, and Oregon in the recovery of wolves. Where they were once extinct, there are currently 32 gray wolf packs in the Pacific Northwest.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced in July that there were three more wolf cubs in western Lassen County. This is wonderful news as it marks the discovery of a second pack of wolves in the region.

During the past two decades, Leonardo DiCaprio has supported over 200 projects to protect wildlife from becoming extinct and restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.

Recently Leonardo DiCaprio’s charitable foundation donated $100 million to fight climate change. This charity was set up in 1998 to promote environmental awareness, which throws several fundraising events yearly.

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