Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio may be filming Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and have an additional 47 projects in some form of development, yet he isn’t too busy to draw attention to World Rhino Day. As one of Hollywood’s most successful men, DiCaprio is also one of the most charitable. If it isn’t drawing attention to climate change or political issues, DiCaprio, through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is doing his part to save the world, literally. On September 22, the official World Rhino Day, he narrowed his focus on saving rhinos.
Leonardo DiCaprio shared and highlighted a tweet about the plight of Tanzania’s black rhino that is critically endangered due to the extreme effects of poaching. There is high demand for rhino horns and the gentle giant is near the brink of extinction.
According to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the African population of rhinos has decreased a whopping ninety-six percent in the past 50 years. Currently, black rhinos are near extinction and in 1990, there were a mere 25 black rhinos in Tanzania.
The Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary is expanding their habitat in order for more black rhinos to be saved from extinction.
You may learn more about the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s work to save the black rhino in the link below.
In celebration of #WorldRhinoDay, we're highlighting LDF's work with the George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust in expanding the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, one of the last refuges of the critically endangered Black #Rhino https://t.co/sI6tnEEB8s
— DiCaprio Foundation (@dicapriofdn) September 22, 2018
Though Leonardo is well-known for his blockbuster films, he has made several movies that focus on environmental issues. He narrated the short film Pollinators Under Pressure and executively produced the movie A Plastic Ocean. He also served as executive producer for the 2015 film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
Other celebrities and organizations joining Leonardo DiCaprio in bringing awareness to World Rhino Day include National Geographic, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Dr. Daniel Allen, Kensington Palace, Catherine Constantinides, Kevin Pieterson, and Rohit Sharma.
In addition to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, one organization, in particular, is promoting rhinos today: Save The Rhino.
The official Save The Rhino site is running a contest on Saturday, September 22 for those in Northern Ireland and the UK. The contest ends at 23:00 pm GMT and takes place on Instagram. People will submit selfies wearing a rhino costume and use the hashtags #SpottheRhino and #WorldRhinoDay for a chance to win tickets to the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Those in the U.S. who want to show support can make a donation to the charity of their choosing and also participate by sharing photos, articles, and stories on social media that highlight rhinos and their fight for survival. You can also share Leonardo DiCaprio’s tweet to help spread the word.