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Human Healing May Be Hiding in Galapagos Cormorant Wings

Researchers recently sequenced the Galapagos cormorant’s genome to find out how its flightlessness evolved. And in the process, they may have discovered how to develop treatments for people with skeletal genetic disorders.

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Packing for a Galapagos Adventure, Part II: Shore Landings and Documents

Packing for a Galapagos trip? Here is a comprehensive list of the travel documents you’ll need and the shore-landing items you’ll want to have handy. 

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Packing for a Galapagos Adventure, Part I: Clothing

Bringing the right clothing along when traveling to the Galapagos Islands can help you have the best experience possible. Use this packing list. 

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Controlling an Invasive Fly, with Help from IGTOA

If tests show that an alien, parasitic wasp is the natural enemy of a fly species that is now devastating populations of Galapagos birds, these non-natives could soon be introduced to the famed islands.

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Giant Tortoise DNA Holds Clues to Human Longevity

The famous Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George died seven years ago. Today, however, he’s still teaching us about his now-extinct species. And in the process, he’s also instructing us on how we can live longer and disease-free lives.

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Rewilding Santiago Island with Land Iguanas

In one of the largest iguana reintroductions ever attempted, more than 1,400 Galapagos land iguanas were released on Santiago Island. Will rewilding work?

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Monumental Discovery: An Expedition Finds a Living Fernandina Giant Tortoise, Thought to Have Been Extinct for 100+ Years

A living Fernandina giant tortoise, a species thought to have gone extinct over a century ago, was found on Sunday.

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The 2018 Galapagos Visitor Statistic Are out and the News Isn't Good If You Are Concerned about Tourism Growth

Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism released 2018 visitor statistics for the Galapagos Islands a few days ago and the news isn't good for those of us who are concerned about tourism growth.

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The New York Times Once Again Sets Its Sites on Land-Based Tourism Growth

For the second time in less than a year, The New York Times has published stories about out-of-control land-based tourism growth in the Galapagos Islands. IGTOA's efforts to bring awareness to the issue was featured in both articles. 

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IGTOA Awards $95,000 in Galapagos Conservation Grants

IGTOA is pleased to announce that it has awarded $95,000 in 2018 Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund grants to four different recipients.  Since 1997, IGTOA has awarded over $1 million in grants to organizations working on the front lines of Galapagos science, education, and conservation. 

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