Leonardo DiCaprio launches organization to protect tigers

London: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has started a new organization for the protection of endangered tigers.

The ‘Titanic’ star has teamed with the World Wildlife Fund to launch Save Tigers Now.

The aim of the organization is to raise 13 million pounds for the cause.

DiCaprio is presently in Asia learning about decreasing tiger population.

“Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world`s most important ecosystems. Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planet`s last wild habitats and help sustain the local communities surrounding them," a news daily quoted him, as saying.

The organization hopes to double the population of tigers by 2022.