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DiCaprio Not Banned From Indonesia, to Establish Mega-Fauna Sanctuary

April 5
4:18 AM 2016

Previously, it was reported that the Oscar winner actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be banned in Indonesia for his negative comments about the harmful effects of the palm oil industry in the country's ecosystem destroying its flora and fauna. The state's environment and forestry minister said that the actor will not be banned; he just doesn't have enough information on the government's initiatives to protect the forests and the wildlife.

His move to raise the awareness about the endangered animals and the destruction of the rainforests awarded him with a warning from some of the Indonesian government officials. He had made a one-day visit to Mount Leuser National Park and uploaded photos to his social media account, as reported by abc News.

The report was denied by Minister Siti Nurbaya who appreciated his concern and looks forward to working with him in the future. She is glad the actor made the world aware of the difficult condition of Sumatran elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans, reports The Guardian.

BUKIT LAWANG, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Sandra, a Sumatra Orangutan aged 27, seen with her son at Mount Leuser National Park on September 09, 2015 in Bukit Lawang, Indonesia. Clearing rain forests for oil palm plantations has destroyed critical habitat for endangered species like rhinos, elephants, tigers and Orangutan, which have all been pushed to the verge of extinction.
(Photo : Sijori Images/Barcroft India/Barcroft Media via GettyImages) BUKIT LAWANG, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Sandra, a Sumatra Orangutan aged 27, seen with her son at Mount Leuser National Park on September 09, 2015 in Bukit Lawang, Indonesia. Clearing rain forests for oil palm plantations has destroyed critical habitat for endangered species like rhinos, elephants, tigers and Orangutan, which have all been pushed to the verge of extinction.

"In light of this and to reciprocate his sincerity and good intentions, I am open to working together with DiCaprio in a joint effort whereby both of us can have our concerns addressed, including those that pertain to the Leuser Ecosystem," said the minister.

She added that DiCaprio had done nothing wrong during his visit and dismissed the notion that his statements will give him difficulty traveling to the country again. She also revealed that an official from her ministry accompanied the actor on his visit particularly when he visited the Orangutans in the national park, according to Coconuts Jakarta report.

Leonardo DiCaprio's visit to Indonesia is not to humiliate the government thinking that it's not doing anything to protect the country's ecosystem.  He is to develop a 'mega-fauna' sanctuary in 6.5m acre Leuser rainforest ecosystem which includes barrier constructions, training of wildlife patrols and rangers and giving information of habitat destruction.

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