What links Joanna Lumley, Prince William and Jackie Chan? Tigers, of course. Raising awareness of the plight of these beautiful creatures (that’s the tigers we’re talking about), the stars have been writing letters, staging events and filming heartfelt pleas to bring the public on board with efforts to halt their decline.
But this celebrated trio aren’t alone in championing the plight of the striped cat; with only so many A-list animals to go around, they’ve had to share their soapbox – and the spotlight. Celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen Fry and Ricky Gervais have been lending their weight to efforts to save these endangered cats – and other, less cuddly animals (there’s nothing fuzzy about a pangolin). We’ve picked an assortment of famous faces who have worked with charities, signed petitions or spoken out in the name of conservation and mapped them to the animals or regions they are fighting for.
Not that everyone is equally committed to such causes: while Nicole Kidman’s dedication to orangutans ran to auctioning a signed poster from her film Moulin Rouge, Leonardo DiCaprio has become the celebrity pinup for conservationists: his eponymous foundation has donated millions of dollars to causes ranging from a crackdown on the illegal ivory trade to safeguarding marine and polar habitats. You could say it’s a titanic effort.
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