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There are only 211 pink iguanas left in the Galapagos Islands

There are only 211 pink iguanas left in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos National Park announced Friday that it was the result of a research expedition into the unique lizard’s habitat. Ecuadorean expert and expedition member Washington Tapia said the researchers did not discover any small animals.

About 30 researchers and rangers of the Galapagos participated in a ten-day expedition to count the pink iguana in August. Reptiles live exclusively in an area of ​​u200bu200b25 square kilometers on the Wolf Volcano in the north of Isabella, the largest island in the archipelago. “Confining species to one place makes species more vulnerable,” Tapia said.

The pink iguana was first discovered in 1986 and described as a distinct species in 2009, different from the Galapagos land iguana.

The Galapagos Islands, which belong to Ecuador, have a variety of plants and animals unique to the world and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. The archipelago, isolated in the Pacific Ocean, is home to the world’s largest number of endemic species – that is, species that It is only there. Charles Darwin also based his theory of evolution on his observations about islands in 1835.

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