Humans are used to sharing the boardwalk in Baquerizo Moreno with the local sea lions but interaction with humans and their pets may be harmful to the sea lions' health. Now the Galapagos National Park reports that in conjunction with the San Francisco University of Quito, it has undertaken a project to study diseases that may affect the sea lions. "The main objective," a statement from the park said, "is to assess whether the interaction with dogs and other introduced species exposed the sea lions to distemper, parvovirus and leptospira." (To read more, click the headline.)
There are thirteen species of finches on the islands. But now, six of those species are in decline and the mangrove finch population has dropped to between 60 and 80 birds, spurring a major rescue campaign.