Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve to Expand by 60,000 sq km.

The Galapagos Islands is home to exotic wildlife like sea turtles.

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The Galapagos Islands is home to exotic wildlife like sea turtles.

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Ecuador is to expand the marine-protected area around the Galapagos Islands, famed for its exotic wildlife. Conservationists hailed the news of the 60,000 sq km / 23,166 sqm expansion of the one of the largest marine reserves in the world as a great step forward. The area will protect important feeding and migration areas for endangered species like hammerhead sharks and sea turtles, the Lewis Pugh Foundation said. Ecuador's president Guillermo Lasso announced the news at the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow.

The Galapagos Islands area in the Pacific Ocean is considered one of the best places to see wildlife, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and penguins. However, illegal fishing and climate change pose a threat to the animals

Sarah Darwin, a descendent of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution was inspired by the biodiversity he found on the Galapagos, was among those to praise the move. The botanist and ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust, told the BBC that she was "very, very excited that President Lasso is taking the Galapagos so seriously".

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