The Charles Darwin Foundation has posted a new video documenting the work to save Mangrove Finches on Isabela Island from extinction. Thanks to those efforts, the population of Mangrove Finches has increased from 60 to 75.
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Amid the exotic flora and fauna native to Galápagos, a student at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) discovers a pesky invasive species. Continue Reading →
The mangrove finch population has dropped to between 60 and 80 birds, spurring a major rescue campaign. Continue Reading →
They are like ninjas, dressed completely in black, spying and moving stealthily in the night to avoid detection. These are not military commandos, but rather Galápagos National Park Rangers, monitoring the nesting activities of green sea turtles. Continue Reading →
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 →
Scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation have been taking the census of penguins on Isabela Island and they’re concerned about the decline of the population to about 1,000 birds.
They blame global climate change for the problem–pumping up the weather pattern known as “El Niño” that warms Pacific Ocean waters and lessens the food supply for Galápagos wildlife. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE) Continue Reading →
Retracing part of the path of British Naturalist Charles Darwin, a group of his descendants recently traveled to the Galápagos to see the islands for themselves. (TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE ABOVE.) Continue Reading →
Muggings of tourists rarely occur on the “enchanted islands” of the Galápagos, but something unprecedented happened in the early hours of Sunday, June 9: A Japanese tourist, whose name has not been released, was the victim of a violent attack in Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island… Continue Reading →
Video of a couple of turtles swimming among the sharks at “Las Tintoreras,” a small group of islands off the town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela. Continue Reading →
The Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio reports that several endangered sea turtles are being monitored closely as they nest on Isabela Island. (more…) Continue Reading →