In a series of narrow escapes, Forrest Galante takes animal conservation to the extreme on his remote expeditions to find proof of species thought lost and gone forever.
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Wildlife biologist and conservationist, Forrest Galante, checks in only one day removed from his recent excursion to Mozambique, where he narrowly escaped a bounty on his head from a local politician. It’s business as usual for Galante, whose day-to-day life in the field is perilous not only from the dangerous animals that he’s tracking but more so from the human threat.
Galante, the world’s leading rare species expert and host of Animal Planet’s “Extinct or Alive”, is a noble character in wildlife conservation, yet he’s unwelcome in many of the places that need his help with a killer croc or a stealthy leopard - places that have skeletons in their closet - because the government officials often think that Galante is a journalist coming to expose their illegal operations.
Galante’s missions to uncover long-lost species read like nail-biting spycraft, complete with speed boat chases, last-second charter plane rescues, and AK-47’s. After darting a lion or chasing down a rogue elephant, Galante then has to evade local officials by leaving decoy gear and fake footage or even by dumping thousands of dollars of drone equipment into a swamp.
Galante’s book Still Alive comes out June 1, you can find a link in this article on OutdoorJournal.com.
In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Galante discusses his fish out of water experience as a young teenager moving from Zimbabwe to California, his rise from counting ants under a microscope for a living to making a speech about human-animal conflict mitigation to the Senate committee, why Galante has the confidence to follow his personal moral code even when it clashes with local customs.