Fresh from clinching his long-awaited first Oscar last month, DiCaprio spent the weekend in the Leuser ecosystem, on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra.
The elephants are among a dizzying array of rare animals who live in Leuser’s dense rainforests. DiCaprio said on his Instagram account that his foundation, which supports numerous environmental projects, was backing local groups to establish a “mega-fauna sanctuary” in the area. He described the area as “the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild”.
Like much of Indonesia’s rainforests, the area is under threat from the aggressive expansion of palm oil and pulp and paper plantations, while endangered animals are targeted by poachers and locals who view them as pests.