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2014-03-05 23:26:06

In February 2014, twelve Mangrove Finch (Camarhynchusheliobates) chicks have hatched as part of a captive rearing program was born at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador. This was the first success in the Mangrove Finch “head-start” program, which is designed to rescue the Mangrove Finch, the most threatened bird on the Galapagos Islands due to threats from nest parasites. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2014 The International Community...

Scientists Find Offspring of Tortoises Believed Extinct
2012-01-09 13:25:27

A giant Galapagos tortoise species believed to have been extinct for 150 years may actually still be alive, researchers from Yale University have discovered. According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Nick Collins, experts believe that the species in question, Chelonoidis elephantopus, died out shortly after Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835. However, the researchers say that they have found hybrid tortoises on the island of Isabela "that appear to have C....

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2009-04-12 07:37:09

Officials announced on Saturday that the La Cumbre volcano in the Galapagos Islands is erupting again and could threaten the Islands' unique wildlife. The volcano, which has been quiet for 4 years, began spewing lava, gas and smoke on the island of Fernandina, which is uninhabited by humans. Fernandina is considered to be the most active island in the archipelago in regards to volcanic events. The Galapagos National Park said in a statement that there is no threat to nearby Isabela Island....

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2007-03-18 21:00:00

QUITO, Ecuador - Rescuers dug makeshift pools in the sand around 12 whales beached on the Galapagos Islands, filling the shallow pits with water Sunday in an effort to keep the whales from dying of dehydration. The whales, which are 10 to 30 feet long, came ashore late Saturday near the southern town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, the largest of the Galapagos, said Rosa Leon, a spokeswoman for the Galapagos National Park. The Galapagos Islands, 625 miles off Ecuador's Pacific coast,...

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2005-10-25 19:28:55

QUITO, Ecuador -- A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name. Oscar Carvajal, chief technician of the Galapagos National Park on Isabela island, said tortoises and land iguanas were not threatened because the lava flows were down the northeast slopes of Sierra Negra volcano where there were no animal populations....

2005-10-23 19:35:23

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption on the Galapagos Islands has sent scorching lava pouring seawards but giant tortoises which helped inspired the theory of evolution are safe, island authorities said on Sunday. The Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island -- the largest of the Pacific Ocean archipelago which is part of Ecuador -- erupted on Saturday night, the Galapagos National Park said in a news release. Slow-moving lava is edging down the mountainside and could reach...


Latest Isabela Island Reference Libraries

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2006-02-20 12:22:37

The Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin common to the Galápagos Islands. It is the only penguin to live on the equator. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt Penguin. The Galápagos Penguin occurs primarily on Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island, but small populations are scattered on other islands in the Galápagos archipelago. Galápagos Penguins grow to an average of 53 cm tall. They have...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.