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Leonardo DiCaprio thanks Thai authorities for rise in tiger numbers

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo has posted a message on Instagram applauding Thai authorities for overseeing an increase in the number of tigers at the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

In his Instagram post, on Global Tiger Day (July 29), DiCaprio thanked officials at the sanctuary for the more than 60-percent increase in the number of tigers in its care.

“In Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary, tigers are roaring back thanks to a major long-term effort by the government of Thailand … As a result, tiger numbers in the sanctuary have risen dramatically, from 41 in 2010 -11 to 66 today – a more than 60 percent increase. In addition, tigers moving beyond the boundaries of the sanctuary are providing a foundation for a recovering population across the entire Western Forest Complex of Thailand, with the benefits even spilling across the border into the Taninthayi region of Myanmar. #GlobalTigerDay,” DiCaprio wrote.

National Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa, said he is happy and proud that all parties have been placing importance on the nation’s tigers. Warawut said “In the past 8-9 years, the tiger population has grown. I believe that if everyone shares the same spirit, the number of rare animals and green areas will grow and Thailand will be a country with abundant natural resources.”