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Want to Fight Poaching? So Do Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire

Want to Fight Poaching? So Do Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire

The movie “Blood Diamonds” in 2006 with actor Leonardo DiCaprio brought worldwide attention to the human atrocities centered on the mining of diamonds in African war zones. For many it was the first time they heard the term or had any concrete understanding of the issues. DiCaprio and two of his buddies hope to bring that same kind of global awareness to the plight of African rhinos and elephants, both on the brink of extinction, with two new Hollywood projects.

Warner Bros. studios has given the green light to actors Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy to develop two separate films about the devastating problem of animal poaching and illegal animal smuggling in Africa.

The first project was written by Sheldon Turner (“Up In The Air”) and is being produced by Maguire and DiCaprio. The story was inspired by Hardy’s real-life friends who were former Special Forces operatives that became anti-poaching fighters in South Africa. The film will focus on how poachers are destroying the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe.

The second movie, which is not yet written, will detail how “the trafficking industry” kills African animals so their tusks and horns can be sold for aphrodisiacs and “supposed” healing properties used in traditional Chinese medicine.

The projects come at a critical time for both the African rhinos and elephants whose populations are shrinking every month. Matthew Wilkinson, founder and editor of the Safaritalk blog, estimated that 50 rhinos are killed for their horns each month throughout Africa. He also stated “as of mid-October, 439 rhinos had been killed so far in 2012.” There are a reported 20,000 wild rhinos on the continent.

News is not much better for African elephants who are brutally slaughtered by poachers for their ivory tusks. Poachers even venture onto wildlife preserves to kill the animals.

There is no release date for either movie project, but for the sake of the animals, hopefully it won’t be too long.

 

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6:17AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thank you Sharon, for Sharing this!

7:19AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Great news. Thanks to everyone involved in the making of the films and through them informing the world that so many animals are being massacered and near extinct.

10:06AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Thanks, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and to everyone else involved.

11:21AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

great news thanks for sharing :)

1:23PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

We need all the help now , in East and Southern Africa,poaching has escalated to highest levels never seen for before. Elephants and Rhinos ,and many other creatures are massacred!

12:30PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

great news!

5:42AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Good.

7:41PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Yeah I believe high profile actors can make a difference.

11:08AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Most important is educating the Chinese people!!!

9:28AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

If this helps stop poaching, I totally support it, and I believe education and publicity does cause behavior and attitude change.

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