MAGICAL PERU! | escorted by Julian & Leslie Duval
Sponsored by San Diego Botanic Garden
October 26 - November 6, 2019
Join Julian and Leslie Duval on this 12-day adventure and achieve two travel milestones on a single journey: Peru’s Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, the most famous Incan archaeological site. You’ll experience the vast biodiversity sheltered among the Amazon’s tributaries, lagoons, and forests, exploring by boat and foot. Then, discover the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu, set in the Andean highlands atop a cluster of humped emerald peaks. Along the way you’ll meet the inheritors of Peru’s natural and cultural legacy: the Quechua people who welcome you into their homes. From colorful rubber baron mansions to the mysterious Sacred Valley to the canopy of the world’s largest rainforest, this is the total Peru experience.
ECUADOR and Galápagos Review
Galápagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, & Cloud Forests
With the San Diego Botanic Garden
Led by Julian & Leslie Duval
September 25 – October 7, 2018
The tortoises from the Galapagos Island of Floreana became extinct on the island over a hundred years ago. But using genetic analysis a small number of tortoises with Floreana tortoise genes were discovered on another island about 4 years ago.
They became extinct on Floreana because of whaling ships taking them as a food provision. Some where apparently thrown over board near the north end of Isabela Island for no one knows why but thankfully some of them made It ashore and survived.
The two tortoises in this video are from those found with Floreana genes. While the smaller female in the video does not want the advances from the larger male thankfully they have already reproduced and there are babies at the CDRS which will be used to reintroduce tortoises to Floreana.
It’s an amazing conservation success
These baby Galapagos tortoises at the Charles Darwin Resesrch and Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos are about 5 to 6 inches and 2 to 3 years old. About the same size and age Sam was in 1966s.