The marine iguana is one of the animals found only in the Galapagos Islands but which has suffered from the presence of introduced species. Leonardo DiCaprio’s donation will help reintroduce and increase native animal populations. Photo: Getty Images
The marine iguana is one of the animals found only in the Galapagos Islands but which has suffered from the presence of introduced species. Leonardo DiCaprio’s donation will help reintroduce and increase native animal populations. Photo: Getty Images

Leonardo DiCaprio’s US$43 million donation for rewilding Galapagos islands – money well spent?

  • DiCaprio’s donation comes at a time of reduced income from tourism and cuts in scientific funding due to the pandemic
  • Although protected by law, many Galapagos native species are under threat from introduced animals

The marine iguana is one of the animals found only in the Galapagos Islands but which has suffered from the presence of introduced species. Leonardo DiCaprio’s donation will help reintroduce and increase native animal populations. Photo: Getty Images
The marine iguana is one of the animals found only in the Galapagos Islands but which has suffered from the presence of introduced species. Leonardo DiCaprio’s donation will help reintroduce and increase native animal populations. Photo: Getty Images
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