Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Save the Porpoises
The world’s most endangered marine mammal has received support from one of the world’s most popular conservationists.
Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio signed an agreement Wednesday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and billionaire Carlos Slim to protect the vaquita porpoise.
In May, DiCaprio asked his millions of Twitter and Instagram followers to sign a petition calling on Pena Nieto to do more to protect the world’s smallest porpoise, which is on the verge of extinction.
The Mexican president responded with what was, for him, an unprecedented flurry of seven tweets in English defending his government’s efforts to save the estimated 30 vaquitas that remain.
“This action is a critical step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to be both vibrant and productive, especially for species like the critically endangered vaquita,” DiCaprio said, the AP reported.
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A plan to capture the remaining vaquita and enclose them in a protected marine sanctuary later this year is also being put in place. Night fishing will be banned in the reserve, and there will be stricter controls on entry and exit to and from the reserve.
“Mexico understands its responsibility as one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity. That is why we have implemented a historic effort to avoid the extinction of a unique species in the world and also to protect important ecosystems,” Peña Nieto said. He also tweeted pictures of the meeting.
The plan is backed by DiCaprio’s foundation and that of Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim.