Tourists hike past a land iguana on South Plaza Island in the Galapagos.
9538600058 © Eric Rorer / Aurora Photos
Image ID
9538600058
Copyright
Eric Rorer / Aurora Photos
License
Rights Managed
File size
50 MB - 3413 x 5120 px (11.38 x 17.07 inch @ 300dpi)
Releases
Not Released
Location
South Plaza Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Date Shot
03/12/2007
Caption
SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND, GALAPAGOS, ECUADOR - MARCH 2007: Tourists hike past a land iguana on South Plaza Island in the Galapagos. Tourist visitation to the islands continues to explode, growing from approximately 32,000 in 1987 to approximately 100,000 now. While the influx of tourists puts huge pressure on the islands' ecosystem it could also be a key part of the archipelago's salvation, if some of the tourism dollars could be diverted into conservation efforts. Unfortunately that goal has remained elusive due to the fact that most of the tour companies are headquartered on the mainland and so don't have as much clout with the local political establishment as they would if they were based in Puerto Ayora. (Photo by Eric Rorer/Aurora)
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