On the island of Santa Fe in the Galápagos, a lava lizard snacks on flies buzzing around the eyes of a sleepy sea lion. Of the 25 species of reptile in the archipelago, lava lizards are the most common.
With only 4 species of endemic land mammals found in the Galápagos, reptiles flourish in the near absence of natural predators. However, introduced and invasive species, such as rats, blackberry, and fire ants, and pose an ongoing threat to endemic flora and fauna. For nearly 60 years, the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galápagos National Park have worked tirelessly to protect the unique biodiversity of the islands. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on climate change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel
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