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Darwin’s Finches: Bye Bye Birdie?

Darwin’s Finches in Galápagos face possible extinction within decades, according to a new study published December 18th by the University of Utah. Mathematical simulations show that while parasitic flies are killing the finches, efforts to eradicate the flies might hold out some hope for saving the birds.


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Galápagos Issues Highlighted at San Francisco Science Conference

It’s been 180 years since Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galápagos Islands and to mark the occasion, the Pacific Division of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science has made Galápagos research a centerpiece of this year’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. 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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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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The Late, Great Lonesome George: Any Replacements?

(REVISED AND UPDATED 7/25/2013) What other Galápagos creature has his own line of clothing, his own postage stamp and legions of devoted fans? What made Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, such an icon that his death a year ago was mourned worldwide? Is he irreplaceable?


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