Since 2018 Forrest has discovered not one, but TWO animal species once thought extinct to be alive!
“Every mission we go on, whether it’s to the Arctic or a volcanic island requires highly specialized technology and equipment to improve our chances of success," said Galante when asked about finding rarely seen animals.
The Zanzibar Leopard
In 2018, Galante captured multiple compelling pieces of evidence of the ongoing existence of animals believed extinct, including trail camera footage of a Zanzibar leopard, a big cat that had been classified as extinct for over 25 years. During that same expedition, Galante also captured the first known video footage of a servaline genet. You can read more about the siting here.
The Fernandina Tortoise
In 2019, during an expedition to the Galapagos, Galante trekked over Fernandina Island and discovered a female Fernandina Island tortoise, a species that hadn’t been seen for 113 years and also was classified as extinct. She was nicknamed “Forgotten Fern” and has quickly become the global poster child of conservation. 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.
“To find rare animals is difficult."
To find extinct animals is frankly impossible,” biologist and tracker Forrest Galante told InsideEdition.
“I absolutely lost my mind at the fact that we had accomplished the impossible, and we had found an extinct animal, something the world had written up as gone forever."