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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The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures. Continue Reading →
This marks the first time in 150 years that tortoises have inhabited the island. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
The mating habits of Galápagos birds are being closely watched by scientists these days and some of those researchers were eager to share their findings. Continue Reading →
The Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment announced that 79 tortoises bred in captivity have been repatriated to Santiago Island by Galápagos National Park rangers. Continue Reading →
The Charles Darwin Foundation has posted a new video documenting the work to save Mangrove Finches on Isabela Island from extinction. Thanks to those efforts, the population of Mangrove Finches has increased from 60 to 75.
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George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?
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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 →
The mangrove finch population has dropped to between 60 and 80 birds, spurring a major rescue campaign. Continue Reading →