Flashback: When ‘Academy Award Winner’ Leonardo DiCaprio Visited Nepal

In last 12 hours, all you’ve been hearing and reading about is Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first ever Oscar. And you definitely should because isn’t that just awesome? Yay! He finally did it. He landed the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 2016 Oscars at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for his role in The Revenant. Apart from him winning the prestigious award, what blew our minds is his acceptance award. Didn’t he just nail it? He talked about the effects of climate change and why we should be aware of it. He totally should be getting another Oscar for his wonderful speech!

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As expected, the internet was all about him and just like his fans from around the world, his Nepalese fans are equally excited and they have been constantly writing all about it on various social media platforms. So, today we shall be talking about the connection between Leo and Nepal; and take you back to the time when the ‘Aviator’ actor visited this Himalayan nation.

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The 41-year-old Hollywood star had visited the Bardiya National park in far-western Nepal back in 2010 to meet wildlife conservation officials and locals. His three-day visit in May was kept a tightly guarded secret – soon after he signed an agreement with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to lead Save Tigers Now, a campaign to increase awareness about the threats to tigers and raise funds for tiger preservation efforts.

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Leo had set up his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to focus on climate change, water, disaster relief and preservation of the planet’s biodiversity. The Nepal journey, undertaken with WWF experts, had kicked off a campaign in Asia to see the threats tigers face first-hand. His foundation had awarded WWF a $3 million grant later in November 2013 for tiger conservation in Nepal.

An amazing actor and more than that, a great human being — don’t we just love this guy? He is a perfect role model in every single way. Take a bow Mr Academy Award Winner!

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Neeraj Pun (NEO)

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