Leo for the Lions: DiCaprio Urges Fans to Help Save African Lions

Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio is seeking help from his fans to save the African lions from hunters. He asked urged fans to sign a personal note to the US Department of Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar, which requests to take immediate action to save these big cats.

He wrote on Facebook that like any other animal on earth, African lions too are in trouble as their natural habitat has been reduced by nearly 50 percent over the past thirty years.

Reportedly, the United States of America is the world’s largest importer of African lion trophies. That’s why he has asked his fans to help the lions by getting them listed in the Endangered Species list.

The ‘Titanic’ actor has been talking on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the organization that saves and rescues animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates the protection of wildlife and habitats.

According to IFAW, the US government continuously receives notes calling for the protection of lions. Between 1980 and 2002, lions have disappeared from over 80 percent of the US terrain.

The animals are facing numerous treats, including habitat destruction and fragmentation, loss of traditional prey species and diseases. Humans have also been hunting down the animals for commercial purposes.

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