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Meet Diego, the Centenarian Whose Sex Drive Saved His Species

Meet Diego, the Centenarian Whose Sex Drive Saved His Species

Diego the giant tortoise has fathered hundreds of progeny — welcome news for his species, which nearly went extinct in the 1970s.
Even Penguins Have Children Who Won’t Leave the Nest

Even Penguins Have Children Who Won’t Leave the Nest

An adult Galápagos penguin regurgitates food for a juvenile.
Issue 5: Tears and the Great Barrier Reef

Issue 5: Tears and the Great Barrier Reef

Reef strands: damaged and not.

ScienceTake: How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species

Researchers found the minimal changes in DNA that have produced nine different species of southern capuchino seedeaters.
Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

The Galápagos are an archipelago of 20 islands made famous by Charles Darwin, who formulated his theory of evolution there in 1835.
How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

“On the last day of my assignment in the Galápagos, I noticed a couple of tortoises on the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the airport. I asked my driver to stop the car.”
How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

“On the last day of my assignment in the Galápagos, I noticed a couple of tortoises on the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the airport. I asked my driver to stop the car.”

Celebrity Cruises Is Building a Lux New Ship to Sail the Galapagos

People already pay a pretty penny to sail the Galapagos Islands. Will they spend more to do it on a to new, high-end ship? Celebrity Cruises is banking on it.-Hannah Sampson
Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Flipping over is a perilous hazard for the giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands.
Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Flipping over is a perilous hazard for the giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands.
The Last Carolina Parakeet and Other Endlings

The Last Carolina Parakeet and Other Endlings

On February 21, 1918, the last known Carolina parakeet died at the Cincinnati Zoo. We examine the stories of this endling and two others to see how abundant species can quickly become extinct.
Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes

Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes

Lonesome George was the last known individual of the Galapagos tortoise subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni. He died in 2012.
Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes

Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes

Lonesome George was the last known individual of the Galapagos tortoise subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni. He died in 2012.
Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes

Trilobites: Seeking Clues to Longevity in Lonesome George’s Genes

Lonesome George was the last known individual of the Galapagos tortoise subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni. He died in 2012.
Iguanas Reintroduced to the Largest Galapagos Island After Nearly 200 Year Absence

Iguanas Reintroduced to the Largest Galapagos Island After Nearly 200 Year Absence

In 1835, Charles Darwin documented the presence of iguanas on Santiago island, the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. It probably never dawned on the pioneering naturalist that he would be the last
Iguanas Reintroduced to the Largest Galapagos Island After Nearly 200 Year Absence

Iguanas Reintroduced to the Largest Galapagos Island After Nearly 200 Year Absence

In 1835, Charles Darwin documented the presence of iguanas on Santiago island, the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. It probably never dawned on the pioneering naturalist that he would be the last
Going to the Galápagos Is Easier and Cheaper Than Ever. That Might Not Be a Good Thing.

Going to the Galápagos Is Easier and Cheaper Than Ever. That Might Not Be a Good Thing.

Tourism is thriving on the Galápagos Islands, and conservationists worry about the effects on the animals and environment. Above, tourists on Española Island.
Giant Tortoise Feared Extinct Rediscovered in the Galápagos After 113 Years

Giant Tortoise Feared Extinct Rediscovered in the Galápagos After 113 Years

A species of large tortoise not seen since 1906 has been rediscovered on a remote part of the Galápagos Islands, kindling efforts to conserve the critically endangered animal.Read more...