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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants the World to Stand Up and Save Leuser Ecosystem

Leonardo DiCaprio Wants the World to Stand Up and Save Leuser Ecosystem

Fresh off his Oscar win, Leonardo DiCaprio is using his voice to make the world a better place.

DiCaprio recently visited Leuser, the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers, and elephants still live together in the wild. The area is currently being threatened by illegal land-use plans, which could allow industrial agricultural destruction of palm oil, endangering the entire area. Local leaders are fighting to save the rainforests before it’s too late.

Leo wrote on Facebook, “The lowland rainforests of Indonesia’s 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 #PalmOil 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.”

He added, "A world-class biodiversity hotspot, Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important areas of intact rainforests left in Southeast Asia and home to critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. But Palm Oil expansion is destroying this unique place. Let's work together to stand up and #SaveLeuserEcosystem."