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Giant tortoise thought extinct a century ago found living in Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands

The giant tortoise Ecuador found in 2019 in the Galápagos Islands is a species considered extinct a century ago. The Galapagos National Park is preparing an expedition to search for more of the giant tortoises in an attempt to save the species. The turtle was found two years ago on Fernandina Island, one of the […]

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Darwin’s Arch: Famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands has collapsed

A famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands known as Darwin’s Arch collapsed on 16 May 2021, leaving two pillars. The Ecuadoran Ministry of Environment said it was due to “natural erosion”. “The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge found less than a kilometre from the main area of Darwin Island, was reported,” […]

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Ecuador customs officials rescue 185 baby tortoises from smugglers

The customs department in Ecuador rescued 185 baby tortoises packed inside a suitcase that was being sent from the Galápagos Islands to the mainland on Sunday. The reptiles were wrapped in plastic and were found during a routine inspection at the main airport on the island of Baltra. Officials said ten of them had died. […]

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China bans fishing off Galapagos Islands, after 260 Chinese boats strayed near UNESCO heritage site

China has banned its vessels from fishing off the Galapagos Marine Reserve from September to November, after Ecuador expressed concern over a massive fleet in the area. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin in a press conference on Thursday said that China and Ecuador have been “maintaining friendly communication through bilateral channels” on the matter. Ecuador […]

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260 Chinese fishing vessels stray near Galapagos Islands; Ecuador on alert

Ecuador has announced an alert after a huge fleet of Chinese-flagged fishing vessels appeared off the Galapagos Islands. Patrols are making sure that the 260 odd vessels don’t enter the delicate eco-system from international waters. Chinese vessels travel to the region each year in search of marine species. Chinese fishing vessels in 2017 were caught […]

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30 tortoises that descended from two extinct species found in Volcano Island

Conservationists say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George, around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said they discovered a young female who has a direct line of descent from the Chelonoidis abingdonii species of […]