While Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation efforts are rarely out of balance with his film career, you can expect them to receive a great deal more attention over the next year. 

The 38-year-old actor recently told the German newspaper Bild that he's looking forward to taking some time off after filming three movies (“Django Unchained,” “The Great Gatsby” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”) in rapid succession. 

“I am a bit drained,” he said. “I’m now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out.”

“I would like to improve the world a bit,” he added. “I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.”

As for what DiCaprio will focus on, past history gives weight to conservation issues, in particular those surrounding the fate of endangered species such as tigers, elephants and rhinos. In 2010, the actor donated $1 million to the World Wildlife Fund for urgent tiger conservation efforts.

“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,” said DiCaprio. “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.”

In the interview with Bild, DiCaprio also championed his green credentials.

“My roof is covered with solar panels,” he said. "My car is electric. A normal person does not drive more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) a day. That can be done with a plug.”

This past July, the actor announced that he was partnering with luxury electric automaker Fisker to promote their mutual passion for global sustainability.

“My foundation supports efforts to secure a sustainable future for our planet and all its inhabitants,” he said. “I am delighted to be working with Fisker Automotive to promote this shared vision.”

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Leonardo DiCaprio to focus on environment during 'acting break'
'Django Unchained' actor says he's taking a long break to travel and promote environmental awareness.