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Bryan Milstead, CDF's Head of Vertebrates said introduced rodents are having strong detrimental effects on biodiversity both in the Galapagos and elsewhere.
Bryan Milstead, CDF's Head ...
Bryan Milstead, CDF's Head of Vertebrates, said introduced rodents are having strongdetrimental effects on biodiversity both in the Galapagos and elsewhere.
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According to Bryan Milstead, the answer is a resounding "yes."Milstead heads the Vertebrate Ecology Section at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador."I think it's clearly an impressive feat for any vertebrate to live to be this age," he says, "but for a Galapagos tortoise, this is pretty exciting.
The fact that tortoises have been on the planet for about 100,000,000 years, adds Dr. Milstead
, combined with their astounding longevity, makes them individual scientific treasures that can actually be shared by multiple generations.
"Many people like the idea of ...
"Many people like the idea of a pure Galapagos, the idea of finding a mate for Lonesome George and repopulating Pinta with pure-bred tortoises," says Bryan Milstead, head of vertebrate research at the CDRS.
This should allow scientists to track the movements of each one, says Milstead
, giving a unique insight into how tortoises colonise a new island and their impact on the vegetation.
The release was pencilled in for the first half of this year.
British Chelonia Group: Lonesome George
According to Bryan Milstead, head of vertebrate research at the Charles Darwin Reasearch Center (CDRS) 'There is an urgent need to manage the ecosystem properly, it is a tortoise-dominated, tortoise-evolved landscape'