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Relative of extinct tortoise located in Galapagos

Feb 01, 2020 - 9:58 AM

The Galapagos National Parks says it discovered a young, female specimen deemed 'a high-importance find because it has a strong genetic component of the species 'Chelonoidis abingdonii'

A RELATIVE TORTOISE. This handout photo from the Galapagos National Park shows a tortoise at the park in Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador on September 12, 2017.  File photo by Galapagos National Park/AFP

Scientists to search for relatives of extinct Galapagos tortoises

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:47 PM

A team of park rangers and scientists will tour the Wolf Volcano in Isabela Island in search of the tortoises

DIEGO THE TORTOISE. Diego, a tortoise of the endangered Chelonoidis hoodensis subspecies from Espanola Island, is seen in a breeding center at the Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos archipelago on February 27, 2019. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:59 PM

The 1,467 meter high (4,813 feet) volcano has a crack along its south-eastern flank and 'a lava flow descends to the coast' Galapagos National Park officials say

LA CUMBRE. La Cumbre Volcano erupts. Screenshot from AFP video

Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Conservationisrs find an adult female tortoise on the island of Fernandina and is believed to be a Fernandina Giant Tortoise, also known as Chelonoidis phantasticus, a species last sighted in 1906

A specimen of the giant Galapagos tortoise Chelonoidis phantasticus, thought to have gone extint about a century ago, is seen at the Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Archipelago, in the Pacific Ocean 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, on February 19, 2019. The adult female was found earlier in the day during an expedition in Fernandina Island, in the Galapagos, Ecuadorean Environment Minister Marcelo Mata announcement on Tuesday. Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP

Emergency declared after Galapagos ship grounding

Feb 05, 2015 - 9:41 AM

The declaration comes a week after the stranding of a cargo ship loaded with supplies that included hazardous materials

Sunset at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on August 31, 2009. Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/File

Ship grounding threatens Galapagos Islands

Feb 01, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Ecuadoran authorities call for a state of emergency to be declared in the Galapagos Islands after a ship ran aground

Sunset at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on August 31, 2009. Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/File

Famed Galapagos tortoise 'Pepe the Missionary' dies

Aug 23, 2014 - 12:10 PM

The famous giant tortoise which has endeared himself to humans visiting the Galapagos Islands dies of natural causes

Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct

Jun 25, 2013 - 1:14 PM

A team of scientists is eyeing something of reverse natural selection: bringing back to life animals technically considered to have died out

GENTLE GIANT A Galapagos giant turtle (Geochelone nigra) remains in the shore of a small artificial lake, in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on September 1, 2009. Photo by AFP/Pablo Cozzaglio

Giant tortoise Lonesome George dies, last of his kind

Jun 25, 2012 - 5:02 PM

The only remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise and celebrated symbol of conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands passed away Sunday June 24 with no known offspring the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador said in a statement

Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta giant tortoise, (Geochelone nigra abingdoni) on Santa Cruz, in this file photo taken August 16, 2007. Photo courtesy of Flickr/putneymark