Leonardo DiCaprio has been in Indonesia lately, visiting Leuser Ecosystem – one of the most important areas of intact rainforests left in Southeast Asia and home to critically endangered Sumatran orangutans.
While there, he has been finding how Palm Oil is destroying the habitat, and raising awareness of the problem of deforestation.
Dicaprio also visited Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)’s Orangutan Quarantine Center, where rescued orangutans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild.
As well as being home to orangutans, the lowland rainforests of Indonesia’s 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 #PalmOil 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.”
To find out more about Leonardo’s trip, click here.