Building on his campaign to help raise the worldwide tiger population, Leonardo DiCaprio has partnered with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help launch "Animal Action Week". The annual initiative, now in its 18th year, works to educate and empower children around the world to stand up, speak out and help save animals. This year's theme is tigers.

"Tigers are dangerously close to vanishing forever," said Mr. DiCaprio, an IFAW Honorary Board Member. "If we don't want our children to grow up in a world where tigers are extinct, the time for action is now."

Earlier this year, the Animal Action campaign launched YouthRoar, a website that gave young people around the world the opportunity to send in various types of multimedia messages about tigers and why they should be saved. The submissions were turned into one giant video be shown to world leaders at an event in St. Petersburg during the Global Tiger Summit in November.

"We are proud to join forces with Leonardo DiCaprio once again in our global mission to safeguard animals in crisis, like tigers, and to protect the habitat we all share," said Fred O'Regan, President of IFAW. "His steadfast commitment is vital in our efforts to educate and empower the conservation leaders of tomorrow around the globe."

To learn more about Animal Action Week, hit up IFAW's website here

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Leonardo DiCaprio to launch 'Animal Action Week'
Actor hooks up with International Fund for Animal Welfare to draw attention to new annual global initiative.