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Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $1M to Protect Elephants

Leonardo DiCaprio Gives $1M to Protect Elephants

Following up on a $3 million grant he made to protect ocean habitats earlier this year, Leonardo DiCaprio has flexed the financial power of his environmental foundation yet again with a $1 million gift to save elephants. The money, announced at a benefit honoring Save the Elephants Founder and CEO Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, will directly fund initiatives on the ground tocurb poaching threats throughout the world.

“Elephant poaching is a brutal crisis, with more than 30,000 elephants killed last year alone,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “The decimation of these animals is something we have the power to stop, and theElephant Crisis Fund is a crucial part of the solution. I am honored to support them and recognize Dr. Douglas-Hamilton for his lifelong commitment to protecting this species.”

Despite not attending the gala, DiCaprio’s massive gift proved to be an inspiring force — rallying those at the Malibu event to match the donation by raising another $1 million.

“The only future for elephants is for governments, organizations and individuals to join together in their support. What we have seen in Los Angeles has given us greater hope than ever, as a generous donation by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was matched by this astonishing community,” said Douglas-Hamilton.

Clearly on a roll, organizers have taken their campaign online, urging the worldwide community to help them achieve a fundraising goal of $5 million. To donate and learn more,jump here.

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7:39AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Not only is Leonardo a good looking man, but he has a heart of gold, also!!

1:30PM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

What a great gift for saving elephants. Thanks, Leonardo.

9:03PM PDT on May 30, 2014

Thank you for sharing!!!

10:21AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Yeah, this is what rick and famous people should be doing: helping others (humans or animals). Love Dicaprio! He is so down to Earth.

2:26AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Gigantic News .... and a great man with big heart :-))))

9:41AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Love Leo.

8:24AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thank you Lenardo Dicaprio .

6:06AM PDT on May 19, 2014

A FRIEND'S FAMILY MOTTO IS, "GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, AND THEN GIVE MORE". IT'S MINE, TOO. I HOPE IT WILL BE ALL'S. THANK YOU!

11:35AM PDT on May 18, 2014

It's good that actors show how to do when they have money to give. All rich people politiciandsand all which can should do the same.

6:45AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Great that those who have give...... :-)

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