Leonardo DiCaprio and conservationists unite to restore Galápagos habitats

A coalition of groups have mobilized mobilized $43 million to restore degraded habitats in the Galápagos Islands. Image: Unsplash/Nathalie Marquis

Rhett Butler
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A Floreana Marine Iguana sitting on rocks near the ocean on Floreana Island. Image: Andrew S. Wright
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Releasing finches with children from the local community on Floreana. Image: Paula A. Castaño/Island Conservation
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Heron in the Galapagos. Image: Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay
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Sea lions in the Galapagos. Image: Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay
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The Floreana Mockingbird disappeared from Floreana Island shortly after Charles Darwin visited the island in 1835. Two small populations have survived on nearby Gardner and Champion Islets. Image: Paula Costaño/Island Conservation
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Floreana Giant Tortoises went extinct on Floreana Island. However, tortoises on Isabela Island were found to have Floreana Giant Tortoise genes. Conservationists with Galápagos National Park Directorate have created a breeding program to reintroduce the species to Floreana. Image: Andrew S. Wright
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Paula Castaño, wildlife veterinarian and island restoration specialist with Island Conservation, holding a Floreana Racer. Image: Luis Ortiz Catedral
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Paula Castaño, a wildlife veterinarian and island restoration specialist with Island Conservation in the field in the Galápagos Image: Island Conservation
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The Galápagos Short-eared owl, a species endemic to the Galápagos Islands. Image: Paula Castaño/Island Conservation

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