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  • April 27, 2017

    Darwin’s Finches  »

    Darwin’s finches are a group of fourteen species of finch, thirteen of which are endemic to Galapagos, the other to the Cocos Islands off the coast of Costa Rica. Their name is in reference to British scientist Charles Darwin, who discovered these small birds during the voyage of the Beagle to the Galapagos Islands in read more

  • March 30, 2017

    The Gentle Giants of Galapagos  »

    The Galapagos giant tortoise is one of the most famous animals of the Islands; with the Archipelago itself being named after them (Galapágo is an old Spanish word for tortoise). Scientists believe the first tortoises arrived in Galapagos 2–3 million years ago by drifting 1,000 kilometres from the South American coast on vegetation rafts, where read more

    Tortoise by Vanessa Horwell
  • February 23, 2017

    The most diverse animal across the Archipelago  »

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the Galapagos Islands? Marine iguanas, giant tortoises or even the blue-footed booby? You probably weren’t thinking of the snails? Most people wouldn’t as these little creatures are some of the least known terrestrial species in the Galapagos Islands. However the land snail population read more

    Picture of Galapagos Snail by Christine Parent ©
  • August 19, 2016

    Connect with Galapagos  »

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  • August 5, 2016

    Treasure Islands! From Pirates to UNESCO  »

    When we say that something is near or far, we usually do so in comparison to other things or other points of reference. When it comes to locating areas of land or sea, the science that places them on maps, called cartography, has been very useful to guide people on their travels. When it comes read more