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Conservationists Turn Poisoners in the Galapagos

January 7, 2013
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In the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's greatest havens for biodiversity, conservationists have turned poisoners – they dropped 12 tons of poisoned rat food on Pinzon Island in November, in a an attempt to eradicate the rat population that has terrorized the indigenous wildlife since it was introduced, probably by pirate ships, centuries ago.

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Ecuador: The Galapagos Island Under Threat From Climate Change

Ecuador: The Galapagos Island Under Threat From Climate Change

Deutsche Welle (Oct. 7, 2013) — Ecuador's Galapagos Islands are a Unesco World Heritage site and home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. But one in five native plants as well as nearly 50 percent of its endemic wildlife are under threat from climate change. Rising ocean temperatures are making it harder for species such as the famous Galapagos penguin and the giant tortoise to survive. Scientists with the Charles Darwin Foundation are doing what they can to protect these species from the effects of climate change. A number of changes to the energy sector - such as the introduction of clean electricity - are helping. The island of Floreana has already switched completely to electricity produced by jatropha seeds, which grow in the Manabi region in mainland Ecuador. Jatropha production is also bringing an economic upswing to farmers.
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RAW VIDEO: Galapagos Sharks Tagged With Tracking Devices to Protect Them

RAW VIDEO: Galapagos Sharks Tagged With Tracking Devices to Protect Them

AFP (June 20, 2013) — The Galapagos Marine Reserve lies a thousand kilometers from the Ecuadorian mainland and is home to 33 shark species, many of them endangered. In order to understand how the sharks live and protect them, marine experts tag them with tracking devices.
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Tubby Tortoise Tips the Scales

Tubby Tortoise Tips the Scales

AP (July 17, 2013) — A hefty Galapagos tortoise needs industrial-strength scales for a health check.
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Galapagos: Overpopulating Paradise

Galapagos: Overpopulating Paradise

GlobalPost (Apr. 17, 2011) — The Galapagos Islands are one of the few pristine archipelagos where the original biodiversity has been preserved. However, it is experiencing a crisis in trying to conserve its natural resources.
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