A Galápagos tortoise on the trail. Fernandina Island.

An island in the Galápagos is making its ecological comeback thanks to a burgeoning tortoise population. These tortoises, the children and grandchildren of Diego, one of the archipelago’s most famous icons, are helping shape the native vegetation and restore an ecosystem in disrepair.

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A deadly water mold — a relative of the pathogen that causes potato blight — is devastating what’s left of the South Atlantic island’s endemic trees. Scientists are racing against time to save these plants from extinction.

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