Cactus and Tortoises
The rich and fascinating variety of living things in the Galapagos islands has been revealed in its greatest-ever detail by researchers who, for the first time, have compiled a list of all the islands’ 4,388 species….
They include unique types of prickly pear cactus, which have developed into bizarre shapes and sizes in response to their location on the cut-off islands.
Some have evolved into trees, up to 12 metres high, and others have grown spines as soft as hair. Their fruits and flowers provide an important food for Darwin’s famous finches….
There is also Lonesome George – the sole remaining Pinta tortoise.