Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million To Elephant Protection Efforts

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Academy Award-nominee and animal welfare advocate Leonardo DiCaprio has made another massive contribution to protecting endangered wildlife, donating $1 million over the weekend to assist elephant conservation and anti-poaching efforts in Africa. At an event honoring Save the Elephants founder and CEO Iain Douglas-Hamilton on Sunday, representatives from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation were joined by other contributors to the Elephant Crisis Fund, a joint effort of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network that provides funding for global projects to stop poaching, trafficking and the demand for ivory.

"More than 30,000 African elephants were killed last year for their ivory tusks," DiCaprio said. "This magnificent species faces a very uncertain future unless we take action now. The Elephant Crisis Fund will play a crucial role in solving this complex global problem by supporting projects that protect elephants from poachers, stop the trafficking of ivory and end the demand for ivory."

ECF had initial target of raising $5 million over three years and has been hugely successful thus far. The event on Sunday raised over $2 million, all of which will go directly to elephant conservation programs.

The ivory trade drives a brutal campaign of international poaching that killed 22,000 elephants in 2012 alone, despite a global ban on the sale of ivory. Join us in pledging never to buy new or vintage ivory products -- which include narwhal, walrus and hippo ivory -- to help save the world's animals from poaching.

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