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Leonardo 'Tree' Caprio: New species named after star

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The Hollywood A-lister campaigned on social media after Cameroon granted permission for logging in the pristine wildlife reserve in 2020.

The concession was cancelled months later by Cameroon's President Paul Biya, "surely partly due to his support", the scientists wrote in PeerJ online journal, referring to DiCaprio.

"We very much appreciated the support Leo gave us in campaigning to protect Ebo last year so it seemed fitting to honour him in this way," said Martin Cheek, who leads the Africa team in Kew's identification and naming department.

"Had the logging concession gone ahead, we would have likely lost this species to timber extraction and slash and burn agriculture that usually follows logging concessions," Cheek added.

The discoverers get to decide what to name their discovery - it's their thanks for his help saving the species

Not many people could've gotten a result

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Celebrity power

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Now all he needs is a Jet named after him for all the Jet setting he does.

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