The secret quest to save the last wild 'dinosaur trees,' once nearly extinct, from Australian fires; More than 100 million years ago, Wollemi pines covered Australia, scientists say. Today, there are less than 200 left in the wild.
Their mission was secret, and its location even more so.
As blazing wildfires scorched Australia, helicopters dove inside a gorge in the sandstone plateau. Deeper below, hundreds of feet past the looming cliffs, a team of specialists jumped out of the choppers to a site known only to a handful of people.
Their objective was simple: to save the trees.
In what Australian officials called "an unprecedented environmental protection mission," firefighters were deployed in recent wee...