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Leonardo DiCaprio set up a fund for the protection of the Virunga national park

Leonardo DiCaprio set up a fund for the protection of the Virunga national park

di Carla Andrea Fundarotto

The American actor Leonardo DiCaprio will set up a two million dollar fund to protect Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He announced it on his Instagram profile.
The fund will benefit of the contribution of the Earth Alliance, together with the Emerson Collective and the Global Wildlife Conservation, and will be used to protect endangered species, such as mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), but also natural resources and the ecosystem of the Virunga. "This national park is one of the richest areas of biodiversity that exists on the planet and must be absolutely protected, explained the Hollywood actor.

In fact, the park, among the oldest in the African continent, has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and covers an area of 7,800 square kilometers. DiCaprio has been engaged for years in the environmental protection activity through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, opened in 1998.
For its environmental activity, in 2014 he was nominated messenger of peace of the United Nations, with the goal too promoting a  global awareness of climate change.

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