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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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The Alarming Plight of Galapagos Sharks

More than 40 species of sharks live in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands, 90 percent of which are on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. Now, an overfishing crisis could cause these sharks to disappear forever. Read this Washington Post article.

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10 Things the Galapagos Islands Taught Me in 2018

Let’s take a look back through 2018 and discover what the Galapagos Islands had to show us—and are still teaching!

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New Galapagos Finch Evolves in Just Two Generations

An amazing thing recently happened on Daphne Major in the Galapagos: scientists witnessed a new species of Darwin’s finch evolve in only two generations.

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Groundbreaking IGTOA-Funded Pet Vaccination Program Protects Galapagos Wildlife

The following is a guest blog post by Tod Emko, founder of Darwin Animal Doctors (DAD), a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of animals, ecosystems and people all over the world by providing communities with world-class veterinary care and humane education programs. DAD has been providing free veterinary care, including humane pet sterilization procedures, in the Galapagos Islands since 2010. Last year, IGTOA provided DAD with a $10,000 grant in support of its pet vaccination programs in the Galapagos Islands. 

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