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A Galápagos Docu-Noir

Ready for my close-up.  The baroness in her pirate costume

If it were a work of Hollywood fiction, the pitch line for the movie might be: “It’s The Blue Lagoon meets Macbeth.” Instead, “The Galápagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,” a film that just played to two sold-out screenings at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is a documentary. In a mostly fascinating though sometimes meandering fashion, it tells the story of settlers who found their dreams of paradise dashed on the volcanic rocks of Floreana Island. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE ABOVE) Continue Reading →

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72 Galapágos New Year’s Babies

Newly hatched baby tortoises at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center

OK, so they’re technically not New Year’s babies because they were hatched in the waning days of 2013. But as 2014 dawns, there is cause for celebrating at the Galápagos National Park’s Fausto Llerena Tortise Center.
What has scientists excited is that 14 of the 72 baby tortoises hatched there in November and December are carrying partial DNA of the original Floreana Island tortoises that have been extinct since the mid-1800’s. This raises the hope that tortoises with genes similar to the original species can be restored to the island. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE ABOVE.) Continue Reading →

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Ready for my Closeup–It’s Galápagos Tortoise-Cam

A curious resident of the Darwin Center peers into the Tortoise Cam operated by the Galápagos Conservancy.

A warning to all you cute little pandas posing for webcams at zoos and other enclosures around the world: there are some tortoises in Galápagos ready to share the spotlight. Move over!
The tortoises are strutting their stuff in front of Internet cameras set up at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center on Santa Cruz island, thanks to the Galápagos Conservancy. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE ABOVE.)
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Journalism in Galápagos: a USC Professor’s Perspective

Enrique Ramos (L), publishe of El Colono, confers with USC journalism professor Judy Muller (R)

Judy Muller, a journalism professor at the University of Southern California wrote a book, Emus Loose in Egnar, about how, at a time when traditional media are struggling, small-town newspapers are doing quite well. She was fascinated by the state of journalism in Galápagos… Continue Reading →

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