Fresh off his Oscars win, actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio paid a visit on Sunday to Mount Leuser National Park, which straddles the border of Aceh and North Sumatra provinces.
Accompanied by fellow actors Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens, he took a tour around the park's research facility in Ketambe, Southeast Aceh regency. During their visit, they met three Sumatran orangutans and closely watched the great apes' behavior.
According to DiCaprio's official website, his 1998-launched foundation is partnering with Acehnese conservationist Rudi Putra to create a wildlife sanctuary in the Leuser ecosystem of Aceh. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is set to support Rudi's project to maintain the forest by constructing barriers, training wildlife patrols and rangers, and recording and reporting ongoing habitat destruction.
In January, the activist announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that his foundation was donating new grants of $15 million to environmental projects, which included funding to protect the Sumatran rainforest. (kes)(+)