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Jolie offers $1.3 million for Cambodian forests

Issued: 14 April 2003

Angelina Jolie, the famous actress from Tomb Rider has agreed to provide more than $1.3 million over five years to protect the virgin verdant areas in northwestern Cambodia. This sum of fund will support the conservation project for nearly 52,000 acres of forest known as the "100 Elephants Forest". The forest located in a remote region of the country was formerly controlled by the Khmer Rouge, and believed to be home of some of the last remaining wild tigers and elephants in Cambodia.

The first installment of $350,000 from the kind-hearted actress is expected to arrive in Cambodia within 10 days. And, over the next four years, the actress will also give $250,000 every year to fund the conservation project.

Mounh Sarath of Cambodian Vision in Development, which is coordinating the implementation, said the additional funding is hoped to keep the project running for 15 years.

Jolie, 27, became impressed with Cambodia while filming "Lara Croft: Tomb Rider" in 2000. She later adopted an infant from Cambodia as well.



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