Did you know? Our planet is home to 1.7 million species—and those are just the ones we know about!
We owe a lot to Earth’s incredible diversity. Consider where your vaccines come from or the unparalleled taste of an heirloom tomato in the peak of Summer. Have you thanked a pollinator for your lunch today?
Biodiversity refers to the variety of genes within a species (genetic diversity), the variety of species within an region (species diversity) and the variety of ecosystems in a given place (ecosystem diversity). Conservation practices help protect and preserve each of these elements.
The Galápagos archipelago, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin, is home to some of the richest biodiversity on Earth.
A highly-regarded subject of focus for many in the biology world, these islands have some of the planet’s the highest levels of endemism (a term for species found nowhere else). In fact, 97 percent of the reptiles and land mammals found in the Galápagos Islands are endemic.
Some of the Galápagos' most iconic residents include marine iguanas, giant tortoises, huge cacti and mangrove trees.
In celebration of this special habitat and World Wildlife Day, one of our favorite traveling photographers, Jeff Mauritzen, will be taking over our Instagram account and sharing live reports from his expedition in the Galápagos.
Jeff’s adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes across all seven continents. We’re excited to have him as a virtual tour guide of this biological paradise!