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Galapagos National Park

New 'Cucumber Conflict' in Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures, considered vital to the marine environment.

Former Galápagos Park Director Says His Ouster Was "Political"

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

In his note, Izurieta urged his supporters to carry on without him: "I ask you to continue providing everything within your power to make our islands and protected areas remain a world example," he wrote. "Thanks again."

The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

Rescue Mission Underway to Save Mangrove Finches

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Like most babies, these new arrivals require a lot of attention. While they wait in their incubators for one of their 16 daily feedings, they listen to the recorded voices of their parents. They are fed a special formula of papaya, scrambled eggs and insects. Insects?

Introduced Snake Found in Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

The snake found on Santa Cruz has red touching black on its skin -- meaning it's non-poisonous. But officials on the island don't regard it as any sort of friend.