The Galapagos National Park returned to its place of origin, in the area known as “Cinco Cerros” on Isabela Island, a group of 163 terrestrial turtles of the Chelonoidis guntheri species, after having been raised in captivity.
The Massey University of New Zealand and the Galapagos National Park, in collaboration with Island Conservation, The University of California, Galapagos Conservancy and Galapagos Conservation Trust, have been conducting, since 2015, a study on the genetic history of Galapagos Snakes.
Last January, the third phase of this project began, which studies the evolution of endemic snake species in the islands of Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz, through genetic tests. The process contemplates the separation of the genetic inheritance of each of the Galápagos species with its closest reference in continental Ecuador.
The snakes are predators of great importance in the archipelago, since they maintain the balance of populations of lava lizards, iguanas and birds.
The Galapagos National Park commented that the results of the study will allow a planned management in the future, considering that populations of snakes are affected by introduced species, such as cats and rats.
This new study shows that the Galapagos Islands are not only a travel and adventure destination in the world, but also a place of great importance for the scientific community at a global level.
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