An Indonesian immigration official says Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be banned from returning to Indonesia over his environmental efforts to make awareness of the endangerment of the rainforest.
After a one-day visit to Mount Leuser National Park in Tamiang last weekend, the Oscar-winner upload a few snaps to his Instagram account, expressing concerns over species whose habitats are threatened. He also wrote about the Sumatran elephants and how palm oil plantations are causing some serious problems for these animals. “The expansion of Palm Oil 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,” he said.
The lowland #rainforest of the 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 Palm Oil 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. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild. Click the link in the bio to stand with @haka_sumatra as they fight to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #Indonesia
Heru Santoso, the spokesman for the Directorate General for Immigration at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, says Saturday that DiCaprio used his visit to discredit the palm oil industry and the Indonesian government. He then threatens Leo if he keeps up with the shade. “We can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time, if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media.”
As the forest of the #Indonesian #LeuserEcosystem continues to be cleared to meet demand for Palm Oil, the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan is being pushed to the brink of extinction. Here, at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme’s Orangutan Quarantine Center, rescued orangutans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild. If we don't stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever. Click the link in the bio to support this important work. #Indonesia