DiCaprio joining efforts to save tiger

Sept. 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM
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NEW DELHI, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio will use his celebrity to help India in its efforts to save the tiger, environmentalists said.

An ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund, DiCaprio met with India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at a New York reception organized by the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The Reporter said Ramesh was quoted as saying the star was "very interested in the cause of tiger conservation. Somebody like him could play an important role in sensitizing the global community to the cause of the Indian tiger."

Coalition for Rainforest Nations Executive Director Kevin Conrad said, "Leonardo has now started traveling around the world looking at tigers, trying to assess the role of climate change on tiger habitats. We are inviting him to India. We want to get him to India and working with India on the issue of climate, forests and habitats."

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