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.
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 ... watch video
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 ... watch video
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 ... watch video
Newsy (Oct. 29, 2014) The Galapagos tortoise has made a stupendous recovery from the brink of extinction to a population of more than 1,000. But it still faces threats.
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July 30, 2015 Last year, for the first time, scientists used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above, giving scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health ... read more
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July 29, 2015 Resveratrol, a chemical found in red grapes, is more effective in smaller doses at preventing bowel cancer in mice than high doses, according to new research. Previous research looked at high doses ... read more
July 29, 2015 Scientists evaluated plant growth responses of 10 vegetables to simulated seawater flooding. The plants were flooded with SSW or tap water for 24 hours and grown subsequently ... read more
July 29, 2015 A group of researchers has reached deep into the human gut, plucked out a couple enzymes produced by bacteria residing there and determined their biological activities and molecular structures -- ... read more
Sep. 26, 2013 Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers ... read more
June 29, 2013 The study shows that Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) are more prone to starvation because of exposure to human influences like pets and pollution. These can impair the level of their ... read more