The battle for the conservation of endangered species in The Galapagos Islands is an ongoing one, but luckily for the troops, a new initiative, and a hefty donation, may just give them the resources they need to help restore habitats and save some critically endangered species.
On May 17th 2021, Leonardo DiCaprio made the tweet below, announcing the start of the project, which promises to protect and recuperate some of the most critically endangered species in the Galapagos:
Teaming up with Paula A. Castaño, and other local conservationists and organizations, the Re:wild initiative is a huge win for conservation of both the flora and fauna of The Galapagos Islands. The program is hoping to restore degraded habitats, clean up and recuperate marine areas, and work towards helping populations of endangered species, such as The Pink Iguana, recover to more sustainable levels.
Paula Castaño is optimistic about the project and stated on her twitter that “I am so looking forward to the day we see wildlife returning to Floreana Island, both on their own and through reintroductions.”
The initiative is starting out here on The Galapagos Islands, but hopes to continue to expand its work across the world in the future, to help recover and rewild degraded habitats, and give nature a second chance.
The Galapagos Islands is a place like no other, and through initiatives like these, and responsible and sustainable eco-tourism, we can help the islands recover to their original glory and protect them for generations to come.