Leonardo DiCaprio-backed charity secures £ 28,000 from UK to protect dwarf buffalo
- Leonardo DiCaprio’s green campaign group received £ 28,800 in taxpayer money
- Oscar-winning actor-backed charity awarded grant to protect Tamaraw
- Amount appearing in the accounts of the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Leonardo DiCaprio’s green campaign group has received £ 28,800 in taxpayer money to lobby for ‘rewilding’.
The Oscar-winning actor-backed charity estimated to be worth £ 200million received the grant to protect a species of dwarf buffalo called Tamaraw in the Philippines by saving land from development, allowing it to stay wild .
The sum appeared in the accounts of the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as “official development assistance”.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s green campaign group received £ 28,800 in taxpayer money
DiCaprio, 47, started the Re: wild conservation project last year and has already attracted large donations.
According to his website, the actor “has provided over $ 100million (£ 75million) in grants to various programs and projects,” with Re: wild being described as “the latest venture linked to environmental activism from DiCaprio “.
The star’s most recent film, Don’t Look Up, sees a deadly comet heading for Earth in what many have interpreted as a metaphor for climate change.
The charity received the grant to protect a species of dwarf buffalo called Tamaraw in the Philippines by preserving land from development, allowing it to stay wild
He said of his role: “I just felt like it was an amazing gift to be part of a movie that encapsulated exactly what we’re going through.”
The actor was recently criticized for traveling from New York to Miami and returning a day shortly after speaking at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.
A Defra spokesperson said the projects it supports “focus on local action … to tackle unsustainable use, degradation and loss of habitat, while reducing poverty “.