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The island of Isabela is by far the largest of all the islands in the Galapagos. It is made up of six shield volcanos (from north to south — Ecuador, Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo, Sierra Negra, and Cerro Azul) that make up a seahorse-shape. 

Isabela is the sight of two important conservation projects. The Charles Darwin Foundation and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust are working to preserve the rare Mangrove Finch from extinction. There are thought to be less than 100 of these particular finches left. They have developed a program to hatch eggs in captivity and release the young birds back into their habitat. The Charles Darwin Foundation is also working to preserve the flightless cormorant and penguin populations on the islands. These flightless seabirds are at risk because they can not travel from island to island if their homes are destroyed.

Mangrove Finch


Fun facts:

  • It is the youngest of all the islands and sits near a hot spot in the ocean floor.
  • Five of the six volcanos are still active. The western slope of Ecuador Volcano has collapsed, so it is no longer active.
  • The top of Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the Galapagos.
  • Cerro Azul erupted as recently as 2008.
  • Tagus Cove (on the northwestern side of the island) was known to be a stopping point for pirates and whalers. Charles Darwin visited Tagus Cove in 1835 aboard The Beagle.

Sources: Galapagos Conservancy

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This post in part of the AtoZ Challenge. Please click on the sunflower AtoZ icon in the sidebar to go to the official list of participating blogs. This year my theme is the Galapagos Islands. I am in the process of writing the first of my Midge & Snig mystery series set in the islands. In my research, I have come across a plethora of interesting facts and images. The vast majority of my research won’t get included in the book, but it’s fun to share what I’ve learned with you all.