Leonardo DiCaprio makes $43M pledge to ‘rewild’ Galapagos Islands

Leonardo DiCaprio makes $43M pledge to ‘rewild’ Galapagos Islands

2021-05-18 21:00:38

Famous person Leonardo DiCaprio has vowed to assist restore the Galapagos Islands, promising US$43 million to spice up the Ecuadorian ecosystem that has not too long ago been beneath risk from local weather change and tourism.

The Galapagos, made well-known by evolutionary pioneer Charles Darwin, is residence to 54 threatened species and is well-known for its range of wildlife and fauna.

DiCaprio’s plan, along side his conservation charity Re:Wild, the Galapagos Nationwide Park Directorate, Island Conservation and native communities, is to enact a broad conservation initiative throughout the islands. His Instagram and Twitter accounts will likely be taken over by wildlife veterinarian and island restoration specialist Paula Castaño to replace followers concerning the work they’re doing.

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“Once I travelled to the Galápagos Islands, I met with Paula Castaño and different environmental heroes in Ecuador working day in and time out to avoid wasting some of the irreplaceable locations on the planet,” wrote DiCaprio, 46.

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“Around the globe, the wild is declining. We have now degraded three-quarters of the wild locations and pushed greater than 1 million species to the brink of extinction. Greater than half of Earth’s remaining wild areas might disappear within the subsequent few a long time if we don’t decisively act. The environmental heroes that the planet wants are already right here. Now all of us should rise to the problem and be part of them.”

The deliberate efforts embody restoring Floreana Island, one of many smaller islands of the archipelago with a wealthy historical past. It’s residence to 54 threatened species and the staff hopes to reintroduce 13 domestically extinct species, together with the Floreana mockingbird.

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After 1832, human colonization introduced alongside predators like cats and canine; inside 50 years the mockingbird was extinct on the island.

DiCaprio’s pledge can even pay for a captive breeding program to stop the extinction of the pink iguana — of which there are solely 200 people left within the wild, residing within the shadow of an energetic volcano — and assist shield the Galapagos marine wildlife from the impacts of tourism.

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“Time is operating out for thus many species, particularly on islands the place their small populations are weak and threatened,” stated Castaño. “We’d like catalytic investments just like the one introduced in the present day to duplicate our successes within the Galápagos and elsewhere.”

“As much as 97% of the land space of the Galápagos Islands comes beneath nationwide park standing,” she continued. “We’re not making an attempt to take away people from the image. We are attempting to all work collectively to rewild these ecosystems, and help the neighborhood as nicely. They need to have the ability to proceed to thrive along with nature.”

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DiCaprio has lengthy been energetic within the environmental house — his Twitter bio reads “actor and environmentalist” — and he addressed the United Nations about local weather change in 2014. He created the Leonardo DiCaprio Basis to help organizations and initiatives devoted to “securing a sustainable future for our planet.”

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