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How We Furnish Our Homes Affects Tigers Homes

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The Siberian tiger is such a magnificent and majestic creature, but it is going extinct due to deforestation in its natural habitat. In fact, there are only 400 left in the wild!

What can WE do about it?

As a consumer we have a choice in what products we purchase and Vermont Wood Studios is raising awareness for consumers to avoid purchasing wooden furniture products from outside the United States.

They say up to 90% of the furniture you see for sale in our country is made of illegally harvested wood that is clear cut from ecologically sensitive habitats like this tiger's habitat.

Luckily, there is no need to buy outside of the U.S. because in Vermont our forests are growing at a rate that is faster than the harvest rate, increasing the forests sustainability!

Vermont Wood Studios offers styles ranging from contemporary to hand-crafted, all made with American wood.

They even offer free delivery, plant 5 trees for EVERY sale, and together with Save Tigers Now (a global campaign started by Leonardo DiCaprio) are working to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.

We know where we're going furniture shopping!

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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates Money For The Tigers

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Leondardo DiCaprio, the sweetheart that he is, donated $1 million to the World Wildlife Foundation to help the tiger conservation.

Leo is a WWF board member and has recently visited Nepal and Bhutan with WWF experts, visiting tiger habitats alongside antipoaching staff, meeting with community members, and learning how WWF scientists monitor the tigers.

The money donated will go to antipoaching efforts and the protection of tiger habitats. Leo clearly cares a lot about this issue, he has said:

"Illegal poaching of tigers for their parts and massive habitat loss due to palm oil, timber and paper production are driving this species to extinction. If we don’t take action now, one of the most iconic animals on our planet could be gone in just a few decades. By saving tigers, we can also protect some of our last remaining ancient forests and improve the lives of indigenous communities."

Along with his donation, Leo has also worked with the WWF earlier this year in raising $20 million for tiger conservation through the Save Tigers Now campaign.

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Involved In Tiger Charity!

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Who knew that Leonardo DiCaprio is not only remarkably good looking, but also a friend to tigers everywhere?!

The actor has reportedly met with India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at the Coalition of Rainforest Nations event in NYC to show his support of the World Wildlife Foundation's 'Save Tigers Now' initiative, which strives to preserve the species and help them re-populate around the world!

A source explains:

"The actor met the minister and has expressed his interest to play a crucial role in sensitizing the global community to the cause of the Indian tiger. DiCaprio plans to come to India to be a part of the conservation efforts."

Wonderful!

Those big striped furry kitties need all the help they can get, and we think DiCaprio will be a great voice for the cause!

[Images via WENN.]

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