galapagos

Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

There were once so many giant tortoises living on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands that Spanish explorers named the archipelago after the Spanish world for tortoise — galápago — when they first explored it in 1535, according to National Geographic. Yet hunting caused their numbers to plummet from at least 250,000 hundreds of years ago to only […]

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    Boat Carrying 600 Gallons of Oil Sinks off the Galápagos

    Boat Carrying 600 Gallons of Oil Sinks off the Galápagos

    A barge containing 600 gallons of diesel fuel sank off the Galápagos Islands Sunday, prompting fears for the island chain’s unique wildlife. The oil spill occurred off San Cristóbal Island when workers were attempting to load a shipping container onto a barge called the Orca, The New York Times reported. A video shared on social […]

    100-Year-Old Tortoise Fathers 800 Offspring in Fight to Save Species

    100-Year-Old Tortoise Fathers 800 Offspring in Fight to Save Species

    He may be well over 100 years old, but Diego the Tortoise still has plenty of charm and he’s using it to ensure that his species lives on. The giant Galapagos tortoise has been “working” since the 1960s—when there were only 14 wild tortoises, two of which were male, left on Española—to save his native […]