Monthly Archives: September 2014

Lonesome George a hit in New York Debut

Lonesome George is a lot less lonesome these days. Betweeen now and January, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, an institution that boasts 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. Continue Reading →

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Galápagos Conservation Trust Photo Contest Winners

The Galápagos Conservation Trust named a Canadian photographer, Susannah Oreskovic, overall winner of its 2014 photo competition.  Her winning entry was a breathtaking shot of the tidepools on Santiago Island. “Wow, what a stunning image!,” said Pete Oxford, professional wildlife photographer and one of the competition judges, “Not often that a landscape image wins the overall place in a photo competition – especially in a place like Galapagos!” We’ve provided a link to view all the winning photos. Continue Reading →

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The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises from Extinction

They look invincible–with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

Now, conservationists, scientists and Galápagos National Park personnel are working to bring back s0me of those tortoise populations that can still be saved. Continue Reading →

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Half of Santa Cruz Highlands Covered by Invasive Plants

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.
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Lonesome George Readied for New York Debut (includes video)

In life, he was known as “the rarest creature in the world”–Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises and a Galápagos conservation icon. Now, the caretakers of his remains hope that in death, George will continue to carry his message of conservation to future generations.

His preserved body will go on public display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on September 19. Continue Reading →

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