Leonardo DiCaprio has praised Chester Zoo’s conservation efforts to ‘bring an endangered species of fish back from the dead’.
DiCaprio, 48, who has long been involved in environmental and conservation work, took to his Instagram to praise the efforts of those involved in the project.
According to Zoo Britain, the golden scythe has not been seen swimming in the Teochitlan River since the 1990s.
As part of this year’s Day of the Dead celebrations, a team from Chester Zoo released more than 1,000 golden scaffias into the fish’s home range in Jalisco, central-western Mexico, following a conservation breeding program.
DiCaprio, who has spoken at major climate summits including the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016, shared a post, which has received more than 282,000 likes.
The post featured a photo of a golden scafia surrounded by colorful flowers and a calavera — the Mexican word for skull — in reference to the Day of the Dead.
The Chester Zoo team was delighted by the recognition, and responded to the post saying, “Thank you for sharing this incredible story!”