The Galapagos Islands don’t have an official mascot, but if they did it would be the Galapagos Tortoise, which totally reminded me of the character Morla from The Neverending Story.
We shot this video, the latest in our Wildlife Of The Galapagos video series, during a visit to Santa Cruz Island.
There, we learned more about the remarkable Charles Darwin Foundation wildlife conservation efforts of the Charles Darwin Research Station,
But the real highlight was meeting world-famous tortoise celebrities such as Lonesome George and “The Professor” Diego.
Be sure not to miss Rancho Primicias, a farm where dozens of Galapagos Tortoises roam freely in a picturesque pastoral setting.
Hope you enjoy! –video by Bret Love and Mary Gabbett, music courtesy of Ken Elkinson
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