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Galapagos Tortoise web-cam


An exciting new way of seeing the famous Galapagos Islands tortoises has been launched. Web-cams at the research centre on Santa Cruz Island. Now you can be a voyeur in the tortoise pens and see the little hatchlings before they are repatriated into the wild. The four web-cameras, located at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Centre in Puerto Ayora, feature the daily life selected tortoise corrals. The project has been funded by Galapagos Conservancy and hosted by the Galapagos National Park. Be one of the first to watch the daily activity of young and adult giant tortoises that are part of a long-term plan to restore the tortoise populations to the islands from whence they came.

Web cameras are an ideal means to engage the public and promote conservation around the world. In Galapagos it has proved a technical challenge, given the islands’ remoteness and poor connectivity. Enjoy this rare slice of preservation whilst it is happening. View the streaming tortoise videos now.

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Metallica play gig in the Antarctic

Flickr/Saad Faruque

Flickr/Saad Faruque

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is heading south with the rock band Metallica for their first concert on Antarctica. The concert will take place on the 8th December on the Argentinean base Carlini in the South Shetland Islands.

“After 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth, except for one,” says the band on their website. “That is all about to change as we are set to travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played until now…We’ll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the aurdience via headphones with no amplification…a real first for us”.

A contest will take place to decide on which fans will travel to see the gig but will consist of nationals from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico and the cruise will depart from Ushuaia on the 3rd December.  Much preparation is needed to organise the project including  an Environment Impact Assessment in line with the Antarctic Protection Protocol (Madrid Protocol).

Although tickets for this event are not available we can still organise a cruise to the Antarctic on board the same Ortelius vessel between November and March each year.

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