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Famed Galapagos tortoise 'Pepe the Missionary' dies
Famed Galapagos tortoise 'Pepe the Missionary' dies

"Pepe the Missionary," a giant tortoise who rose to fame as one of the most photographed animals on Galapagos Islands, has died at age 60.

Famed Galapagos tortoise 'Pepe the Missionary' dies
Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos
Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos

An Ecuadoran freighter ran aground Friday in the Galapagos islands, but "for the moment" does not pose a threat to the Pacific archipelago's unique environment, the Galapagos National Park said.

Freighter runs aground in the Galapagos
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Species protection needed at 78 sites: study

A scientific study out Thursday identifies 78 sites worldwide in dire need of environmental protection because they harbor species that could go extinct.

Species protection needed at 78 sites: study
Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct
Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct

Scientists will try to revive two species of giant Galapagos tortoises thought to have been extinct by breeding genetic relatives in captivity.

Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct
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Breeding season underway for famed Galapagos tortoises

Breeding season is underway for the endangered tortoises of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, whose mating and nesting habits are carefully watched by wildlife specialists hoping to save them from extinction.

Breeding season underway for famed Galapagos tortoises
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Ecuador's Lonesome George wasn't lonely after all

When Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, died in June in the Galapagos, the world mourned the demise of a species.

Ecuador's Lonesome George wasn't lonely after all
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German arrested for stealing iguanas from Galapagos

A German tourist has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle four endangered iguanas out of the Galapagos Islands, according to the national park.

German arrested for stealing iguanas from Galapagos

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