George is about to get a lot less lonesome. Betweeen now and January, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, boasting 5 million visitors a year, is playing host to the preserved body of Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island Galápagos tortoises. Already, he’s getting boffo reviews in the Big Apple. Posed dramatically, slightly reared back with his front legs and long neck extended, he’s being called an icon, an inspiration and an important part of the patrimony of Ecuador, where he will be returned following his New York run. TO READ MORE, CLICK ON THE HEADLINE.
They’re way too easy to find on the inhabited islands of the Galápagos. Raspberries, guavas, orange cestrum–introduced plants, crowding out native plant species with potentially disastrous effects to fragile island ecosystems.
Climate scientists are pouring cold water on speculation that a strong El Niño conditon was developing in the Pacific, lowering the chances of wetter than usual weather in some places, from the Galápagos Islands to drought-parched California.