Leonardo DiCaprio tweets story on elephants in Sri Lanka

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has tweeted a story on elephants in Sri Lanka dying from eating plastic waste.

The Associated Press story notes that conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants in the region, after two more were found dead over the weekend.

Around 20 elephants have died over the last eight years after consuming plastic trash in the dump in Pallakkadu village in Ampara district, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of the capital, Colombo.

Elephants are revered in Sri Lanka but are also endangered. Their numbers have dwindled from about 14,000 in the 19th century to 6,000 in 2011, according to the country’s first elephant census.

Apart from acting, the Hollywood star also raises his voice on critical social issues.

A tree that is new to science was recently named after Leonardo DiCaprio.

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, say they wanted to honour the star for his help in saving a rainforest from logging.

The tree, which has been given the official name, Uvariopsis dicaprio, grows only in the Cameroon forest known for its incredible biodiversity. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The whole country is awash with plastic. In the hill country of Kandy, there is no garbage collection outside of the main town. What should be beautiful clean air is constantly fouled by villagers burning their garbage; including plastic waste. This is a major problem with regard to air quality. The streams have plastic trash floating in the water. There would not be a waterway that isn’t fouled by plastic contamination. God only knows what the air particle index is.

    Nothing can be done, because unfortunately, that is the mentality and ‘quality’ of the people. There doesn’t seem to be a sense of pride either in self or country.

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