At four in the morning of June 27, while most Galapagueños slept, a team of rangers and scientists of the Galápagos National Park loaded 201 young tortoises on the vessel Sierra Negra in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and sailed on a historic journey. It took an hour and a half to get to the island of Santa Fé and what made the crossing significant is that it marked the first time tortoises have inhabited the island in 150 years.
As Galápagos Digital reported in April, a pair of dogs are helping to protect the fragile ecosystems of Santa Cruz Island by sniffing out a major pest–invasive snails from Africa. Now, in a follow-up visit, the organization that placed the dogs in Galápagos has plenty of “attaboys” for the animals, named “Darwin” and “Neville.”
The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and the Galápagos National Park announced in a press release that they have planned a special remembrance of Lonesome George, the last of the species of giant tortoise from Pinta Island.