n Latin American Report - Man and nature on the Galápagos : IDB news

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



Cooperation is beginning to replace competition in an innovative effort to protect the shrine of modern evolutionary theory. Tourists with even a passing interest in nature will never forget a visit to the Galápagos Islands. Revered as a shrine of modern evolutionary theory, this tiny archipelago is also a real-life Discovery Channel, where tourists can get eyeball-to-eyeball with a menagerie of unique and bizarre creatures. Visitors come away with stories of tortoises that can weigh 180 kilograms, iguanas that feed on underwater algae, a species of cormorant that has lost its ability to fly, and birds so tame that binoculars are optional.

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