Forrest Galante, the host of Animal Planet’s ‘Extinct or Alive,’ uses his unique skill set to search for evidence that some animals declared distinct may still be out there. And he also uses a very unique set of gear.
With land development and human encroachment,more and more animals are pushed to the brink of extinction. But could some animals declared extinct still exist in remote places where scientists haven’t looked?Galantethinks so, and he has based his career on finding them.
This week, he also took part in Discovery Channel’s Shark Week in the episode “灭绝或生: Land of the Lost Shark.” There, he dove into some of the most treacherous, shark-infested waters in the Southern Hemisphere, all in an attempt to rediscover three unique sharks lost to science for as long as 100 years.
The drone army:在越南，加兰特使用了他称之为“无人机部队”，以寻找一个巨大的鳖。有了它，他立马电网在湖泊与一队的DJI Mavic drones，寻找难以捉摸的乌龟。“他们是伟大的，因为它们适合于每个人的背包，”他说。
Thermal imaging camera:In Newfoundland, he used thermal imaging usually reserved for firefighting and military to look for wildlife. He choseInspire 1 xt2thermal cameras. “One of our cameramen tweaked the settings to look for wildlife,” he said.
Conductive yarn byHECS Wildlife:Often used for hunting and repurposed for conservation work, Galant said he’s a big believer in this conductive yarn that claims to interfere with some animals’ abilities to perceive electric fields created by living organisms.
“When I use it, I’m perceived more like an inanimate object than something that’s a threat. Conductive yarn has made sharks more mellow,” he said.
“It’s a passive technology. If it makes no difference, you’ve worn a T-shirt. If it works, where is the harm in wearing it? Time and time again, I’ve had a positive experience.”
Boots for hunters:加兰特发誓Kenetrek靴，品牌设计时考虑的猎人。他说，“我们是在加拉帕戈斯，120度，活跃的火山，就在火山。整个剧组通过三个双靴子去了。我带来立体对，在一对幸存。此后，这些都是我的靴子。”
Crossbow:In Indonesia, Galante used a crossbow to catch a crocodile without killing it. The modified a PSE crossbow had a bolt with a breakaway tip (like a spearfishing tip) to capture it and remove a wire from its neck.
罕见的诱饵：In searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker, Galante built a decoy and put a camera in its chest. Then he projected the only known sound of the ivory-billed woodpecker. This caused something to attack it. It didn’t capture footage, sadly.
泡沫塑料河马头：In Madagascar, Galante created a styrofoam hippo head with a camera on eyes on top of an RC boat to try and provoke a response from an extinct hippo. Although RC boats are just kids’ toys most of the time, it became useful in this case as a piece of conservation gear.
Climbing gear:Galante spends days high in the forest canopy to observe animals. Again in Madagascar, he searched the Masoala Peninsula looking for extinct giant lemur species. “We use a full kit of climbing gear and arborist gear to go up into a tree,” he said.