Monday, July 22, 2013

Land Iguanas: Thriving in the northern area of Baltra

They are hard to see. As a matter of fact, I have seen them only once and only one of them in Baltra, as I drove in the bus between the Baltra airport and the Itabaca channel on my way to Santa Cruz. There it was, taking the morning sun, warming up, standing on one of the concrete platforms that were built in Baltra during the Second World War by the U.S. Army.

Yes, we are talking about the land iguanas. If you want to see them, then you have to go either to the Charles Darwin Station, to Plaza Sur Island, or to Cerro Dragon at Santa Cruz. They are also in other islands a bit further away. In Plazas you have to be careful and avoid stepping on them. They are magnificent and there, it will be possible to see a beautiful color contrast between the sesuv plant that is reddish, and the yellow color of the Iguanas.

They are impressive, as everything else in the Galapagos. They are survivors from the evolution, the war, and the colonizers of the islands. They have the right to be there. The breeding program at the Charles Darwin Station was extremely successful and they are thriving where they were re-introduced.

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