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Throwback to November 2015 when our Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) Team took an expedition to Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island to search for tortoises with partial DNA from the extinct Floreana and Pinta tortoise species. This image of a tortoise on Wolf by Paul M. Gibbons of @turtleconservancy is one of our favorites from the trip. Click the link in our profile to read about the latest GTRI expedition in the Islands.
#tortoises #tortugas #endangeredspecies #conservation #extinctionisforever #wildlifephotos #galapagos #galapagosislands #ecuador

Sea turtles are exclusively marine — males spend their entire lives at sea, and females return to shore only to lay eggs. They can be seen at many visitor sites in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, as anyone who’s snorkeled there can attest – an incredible experience! Photo by Andrea Landeira.
#seaturtles #oceanlife #underwaterworld #underwaterphotography #wildlifephotos #galapagos #galapagosislands #ecuador

Since June 2015, the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) Team has released nearly 400 Española tortoises on Santa Fe as part of restoration efforts for that island. The Española tortoise species is genetically similar to the original Santa Fe tortoise, which went extinct in the mid-1800s due to exploitation. The GTRI Team visits Santa Fe every year to monitor the status of the tortoises, and on the most recent trip found that all are rapidly growing and are in excellent health. So far, the survival rate appears to be 100%! Click the link in our profile to read more about the latest trip.
#speciesrecovery #endangeredspecies #gianttortoise #habitatrestoration #conservation #conservationinaction #tortoises #tortugas #galapagosislands #islasgalápagos #galapagos

This beautiful image of an adult and juvenile flamingo in Galapagos by Sam Leinhardt won the month of May in the 2017 GC calendar – can you top it? If so, view the link in our profile for guidelines on entering this year’s photo contest! The deadline is midnight (ET) on Monday, 7/24 – just 10 days away. Good luck!
#callingallphotographers #photocontest #photographerswanted #flamingos #shorebirds #pinkbirds #birdphotos #wadingbirds #wildlifephotos #wildlifephotography #galapagosbirds #galapagosislands #islasgalápagos #galapagos #ecuador🇪🇨

Nothing like a little nest-building between Nazca boobies in the Islands! Photo by Ralph Petry.
#nazcabooby #boobybird #birdsofig #birdphotos #nesting #wildlifephotos #galapagosislands #galapagos #islasgalápagos #ecuador🇪🇨 #southamerica

The Galapagos dove is the Archipelago’s only native dove, and is a striking sight with its red legs and blue eye ring. Española, Genovesa, and Santa Fé Islands are some of the places to see them. Thanks to Risto Talman aka @naturebite for the beautiful photo!
#dove #prettybirds #birdphotos #birdsofig #wildlifephotos #wildlifewednesday #islasgalápagos #galapagos #galapagosislands #ecuador🇪🇨

Beautiful photo of cacti on Fernadina Island, Galapagos by Tricia Leskiw.
#cactus🌵 #naturephotos #plantas #islasgalápagos #galapagosislands #galapagos #ecuador🇪🇨

Galapagos penguins are endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and are the only penguin that lives north of the equator in the wild. They are the second smallest species of penguin, averaging around 19 inches long and about 5 lbs. in weight. Photo by Sharon Ratcliffe.
#penguins🐧 #pinguinos #seabirds #birdsofig #birdphotos #wildlifephotos #galapagosislands #islasgalápagos #galapagos #ecuador🇪🇨 #southamerica

The spotted eagle ray is one of 15 species of rays that can be found in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Mature eagle rays can have a wingspan of up to 10 feet (3 meters)! Photo by Jim Kirklin.
#mantarayas #eagleray #underwaterlife #underwaterphotography #wildlifephotos #galapagosislands #islasgalápagos #galapagos #ecuador🇪🇨

Lava lizards can be found on all major islands in Galapagos, but some species (there are seven total) only occupy certain islands. Their coloration depends on where they live: those that live on dark lava are usually darker than those living on light, sandy land. Photo by David Anchundia.
#lizardlove #lavalizard #reptilephotos #reptilesofinstagram #wildlifephotos #galapagosislands #islasgalápagos #galapagos #ecuador🇪🇨

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