Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Helps Mountain Lions As Part Of $20 Mill Grant

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) announced its largest-ever portfolio of environmental and animal welfare grants during a climate change conference at Yale University earlier this week; bringing the organization’s total amount of financial impact to more than $80 million dollars since its inception in 1998. “We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad. These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations, and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change,” LDF Founder and Chairman Leonardo DiCaprio said at the conference which was hosted by former Secretary of State John Kerry’s -Kerry Initiative.

The new grants including $20 million to more than 100 organizations have been awarded for wildlife and habitat conservation to aid in the defense of indigenous rights, and support innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combating climate change and solving complex environmental issues.

“This round of grants comes at a critical time,” stated Terry Tamminen, CEO of LDF. “With a lack of political leadership and continued evidence that climate change is growing with record-breaking heatwaves and storms, we believe we need to do as much as we can now before it is too late.”

These grants support the work of LDF partners around the globe that range from major environmental organizations to local partners who are fighting to protect and defend vital ecosystems, threatened species and at-risk communities which are gravely impacted by an array of environmental crises including climate change.

DiCaprio stressed the need for urgent action to drive a large-scale, global shift from a reliance on fossil fuels to a world powered by renewable energy.

“Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people, and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water,” continued DiCaprio. “We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late.”

The following are some of the many deserving grant recipients.

Lion Recovery Fund (Wildlife Conservation Network): A new initiative investing in the most innovative and effective projects across Africa that can recover lions and restore their landscapes in Africa.

Elephant Crisis Fund (Wildlife Conservation Network & Save the Elephants): Supporting the best ideas and efforts to protect elephants against ivory trafficking.


Jane Goodall Institute: Creating a conservation action plan for the Malian chimpanzee population.

Jane Goodall Institute Nepal

Fund For Wild Nature: Support for a network of grassroots groups working to protect wildlife and wild places throughout North America.

Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays: Halting overexploitation, reversing declines, restoring populations, and preventing extinction of the world’s sharks and rays.

National Wildlife Federation: Supporting the development of a wildlife crossing in the Los Angeles area that is critical to the survival of California’s Mountain Lion species.

“Save LA Cougars is honored to be one of the recipients! We are very excited to be working with Leonardo DiCaprio and his team at the Foundation to make the largest wildlife crossing in the world a reality.”

California Wildlife Center: Rehabilitating marine mammal facilities and saving wildlife.

WAN appreciates the generosity of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the important and tireless work of all the grantees and like-minded organizations everywhere!

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