Since 2018 Forrest and his team have discovered EIGHT animal species previously lost to science!
In 2018, Galante captured trail camera footage of a Zanzibar leopard, a big cat that had been classified as extinct for over 25 years— with support from Dr. Martin Walsh and Dr. Helle V. Goldman. During that same expedition, Galante also captured the first known video footage of a servaline genet in the region.
In 2019, during an expedition to the Galapagos, Galante trekked over Fernandina Island and alongside Jeffreys Málaga and Washington Tapia discovered a female Fernandina Island tortoise, a species that hadn’t been seen for 113 years and also was classified as extinct. This finding is one of the most significant wildlife discoveries in decades and the largest scientific accomplishment for Galante to date. You can read more about the discovery here.
In 2019 Forrest captured the first video imagery of a Miller's Grizzled Langur, a species that had not been seen since 2011 by Dr. Stephanie Spehar and her team.
Just months later Galante and team located a population of the thought to be extinct Rio Apaporis Caiman in the Colombian Amazon, following research and later a paper published by Sergio Balaguera-Reina outlining much more in-depth work on the same species.
Galante has made several groundbreaking discoveries in the world of elasmobranch science.
In 2018 Forrest and his team discovered a Pondicherry shark specimen in a Sri Lankan fish market — a species that had not been seen since 1979.
In 2019, with the help of colleague Dr. Dave Ebert, Forrest found evidence of the Flapnose Houndshark— which had not been recorded in 120 years —the whitetip weasel shark — which had not been recorded since 1984, and thanks to a citizen scientist, the Ornate sleeper ray.
In 2021, Galante helped lead the largest translocation of elephants in Mozambique's history. Along with the help of the Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance and Conservation Solutions, the team relocated a multi-family group of 25 elephants to Zinave National Park, saving the animals from intense human-wildlife conflict.