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Galápagos Issues Highlighted at San Francisco Science Conference

A bronze sculpture of a Galápagos tortoise greets meeting participants at the California Academy of Sciences.

It’s been 180 years since Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galápagos Islands and to mark the occasion, the Pacific Division of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science has made Galápagos research a centerpiece of this year’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. 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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