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January 9, 2019
Land Iguanas Return to Santiago Island after 180 Years!
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Land Iguana in the Galapagos

Big Iguana news coming from the Galapagos this week!

Santiago Island, which hasn't seen land iguanas since the 1830s, around when Charles Darwin visited, just had 1436 of them released in a re-population effort.

These type of restoration efforts in the Galapagos have been growing in recent years, as the effects of invasive species like feral pigs and goats gets under control. 

The land iguanas were taken from North Seymour Island, which has had a tremendous success in rebuilding their land iguana population, to a point that they had too many! 

Charles Darwin actually spent the most time on this island in the Galapagos, which is home to a couple of great visitor sites, including Puerto Egas and Sullivan Bay. Nearby Chinese Hat / Sombero Chino is also a popular visitor site.

Read more about the release of these iguanas at: www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/08/galapagos-island-gets-its-first-iguanas-since-darwin-after-mass-release

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