Leonardo DiCaprio continues his work to support the Democratic Republic of Africa’s Verunga National Park. The Earth Alliance, co-founded by Decariprio, Emerson Collective and Global Wildlife Conservation, has partnered with the European Commission to launch the Verunga Fund with seed money of seed 2 million.
The Verunga Fund will help protect national parks, as well as surrounding communities. Birunga has lost a significant amount of revenue since it closed in March due to COVID-19.
The fund’s goals include disease prevention efforts, protection of mountain gorillas and other species, and support for families of law enforcement and fallen rangers.
“I had the great honor of seeing and supporting the brave Virunga team in the fight against illegal oil drilling in 2013,” said DiCaprio, who produced the 2014 Netflix documentary “Birunga”. “Emergency funding is needed to protect the endangered mountain gorilla population of Birunga, to assist rangers and ranger families in carrying out their duties, and to provide necessary disease prevention efforts. It’s critical that we come together in this time of incredible crisis. “
According to the fund, an attack by a militia group in April killed 12 Bhairunga Rangers, a driver and four members of the local community.
Brian Seth, chairman of the Global Wildlife Conservation Board and co-founder and president of Vista Equity Partners, said, “The Cowvide-19 epidemic illustrates how deeply interconnected life on our planet is important for our health and economic security. “The heroism of the Birunga Rangers benefits not only the wildlife living in the vicinity of the park and the local community, but all life on earth. We call on the world community to join us in protecting and conserving these guardians and their unchanging wildlife and wildlife. “
DiCaprio recently joined forces with Lauren Powell Jobs and Apple and the Ford Foundation to launch the U.S. Food Fund, which has raised more than $ 26 million to ensure reliable access to food. The fund provides Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, Urban School Food Alliance and Save the Children US.
Additionally, the Oscar-winner’s next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” has a viral all-in-one challenge, which has raised more than $ 16 million for the benefit of the American Food Fund, as well as No Kid Hungry and Mails.