Flamingos or flamingoes?
To be honest, this was meant to be a post with pictures, because who really wants to read about tortoises and flamingoes without seeing the pretty green and pink colours? I assure you I have the pictures, a lot of them, especially with tortoises – and even a mating video for anyone interested in graphic tortoise action – which is as slow and uncomfortable looking as you would expect.
But computer issues mean I don’t currently have access to those photos, which will be up soon. So instead, I will tell you that I cycled toIsla Isabela’s giant tortoise breeding centre. I learned important information such as that tortoises were the original long-shelf life food since they could go months without food, and so were often kept on ships as a reliable source of meat. And that giant tortoises cannot survive on their own in the Galapagos, meaning that my tourist dollars are the only things keeping the helpless creatures alive – you’re welcome Ecuador.
(Plus all the conservation efforts of scientists, locals, government, other tourist money and other less important people etc…)
Then to the flamingos, where I learned nothing about flamingoes, not even how to spell flamingos in plural. They are fun to look at, standing around in their glorious pink, completely unaware that evolution tends to recommend less flashy colours for non-poisonous creatures.
Pictures will come later, pinky promise.