Why Galapagos Tortoise Health Matters to Humans, Too
Join Galapagos Expedition Leader Josy Cardoso and her special guest Ainoa Nieto for a look at the connection between giant tortoise health in the islands and the ecological resiliency of an entire ecosystem that undergirds human wellbeing, too. Ainoa is a Spanish wildlife veterinarian from Madrid who specializes in Galapagos tortoise health and conservation. She is currently conducting a health assessment of giant tortoises to better understand their health status and its implications for the conservation of the Galapagos ecosystem. Her PhD research, also underway, focuses on tortoise pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Since 2016 Ainoa has been the laboratory manager at Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz. She also works with the Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Program as a vet and researcher. “To ensure human health, we must ensure the health of animals and environments on which all life is dependent,” Ainoa says. And since human activities in Galapagos create challenges for tortoise wellbeing and conservation, they ultimately have impacts for people, too.
Originally presented April 13, 2021
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