May 8, 2018
Ensuring a Future for the Galápagos Tortoise
- as seen by -Robert A. Cook
The Galápagos Islands are truly one of the most magnificent places on Earth.
I took this photo while on a site visit to these islands for the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The foundation was providing grants to non-governmental organizations in support of the Ecuador government’s conservation work in the archipelago. Discussions at the Arnaldo Tupiza-Chamaidan Giant Tortoise Breeding Center reviewed efforts to control invasive species and to promote natural biodiversity.
The tortoise (above) was part of a breeding group designed to increase the population of animals for purposes of repatriation to native island habitats as these areas are protected from invasive species threats. It was exciting thereafter to see these incredible animals foraging in the wild on islands ensuring a future for the Galapagos tortoise and the habitat that they share with nature’s diversity.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submission for Wild View’s Time for Turtles assignment.
Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm Telephoto Lens