leonardo dicaprio in sumatra
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Leonardo DiCaprio may have just won an Oscar, but this week, he's focusing on his other passion: discussing climate change. It’s this activism that brought him to Sumatra, Indonesia, where he’s working with local groups to help preserve the area’s ecosystem.

He took to his Instagram account to share snaps from his journey to Mount Leuser national park writing, “The lowland #rainforest of the Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran #elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last #wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water.”

He added that The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is “supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild.”

The actor’s foundation was established in 1998 and has brought to light a number of significant ecological issues. On his social media account he’s discussed the coral bleaching in Australia and the effects of El Nino in the Pacific.