Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

600 km from the skiable domain at Three Valleys makes it a world-class and unique ski destination. With pistes for skiers of all abilities, fantastic snow conditions, well-connected ski areas and assorted slopes, Three Valleys has something for everyone. And if there is one resort that exemplifies all these qualities, it is Courchevel. Famous for having the most diverse skis in Three Valleys, some of the best snow and fantastic and catered self-service ski lodges, Courchevel is the perfect resort for activities both on and off the runway. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort
Courchevel 1300

Also known as Le Praz, this village is the lowest in altitude in Courchevel. It is also the oldest – with its many rural buildings dating from the nineteenth century. Traditional, quiet and friendly, it offers beautiful views of the trees when the snow is nice. But you have to spend some time in good conditions – when the warm weather comes, you run the risk of snow and slopes that rarely scatter with rocks. On the other hand, this village is perfect for those who want a peaceful traditional break in true mountain communities. Staying in 1300 can also be a cheaper way to access a higher resort.

Courchevel 1550

This is the satellite village for Courchevel 1850, which is above it. The two elevators provide easy access to the higher city, but do not worry stuck – the way back is a gentle blues. For a serious nightlife, you have to travel to the valley until 1850, because this is a quiet place. However, for those looking for access to all that 1850 has to offer at a much better price, the 1550 is the ideal choice.

Courchevel 1650

Arguably the best choice of all the villages in this resort, 1650 is popular because of its fantastic skiing, relatively reasonable prices and a wide array of après activities. Divided by a path that leads up the mountain, this village offers apartment blocks on one side and self-catering and catered ski huts on the other. Just above the village, there is a slope stretch that is easy for beginners to find their feet. For the more experienced skiers, there are many challenges in the winding red and blue that lead out of the Signal chair.

Courchevel 1850

Famous for its opulence and luxury, the 1850’s are where the rich and famous in the world come to ski. To make it happen, this small part of the resort offers nine 5 star hotels … What’s more, the promise of skiing does not disappoint. At the highest altitude, the 1850 offers the best access to all the other villages, as well as the neighboring valley of Méribel. There is a wide zone just above the village specially reserved for beginners, while climbing the mountain you will find some serious red and black trails. Only the most experienced skiers should try the black running Grand Couloir – labeled ‘vertical’ on the runway map for a reason …

Make Your Choice

Whichever village you choose, all have the added benefit of offering fantastic accommodation options, such as self-catered and catered ski cottages. With your accommodation sorted and all snow but guaranteed a good deal, the scenery is set for a perfect winter break.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

If marketing is art, content is a masterpiece!

You see, content drives sales, but also generates keywords. According to Wikipedia, keywords are words or phrases that become popular for a certain period of time.

To be more precise, these are the words that appear in almost all marketing posts published on the internet.

You may have read it, and we can not promise you that you get the last of them any time soon!

So, anyway, here are the 10 most used keywords on the internet today.

Can we?

# 1. Virus
In the internet-less world, viruses mean bad news, because life-threatening viruses can come loose.

But on the Internet Hal, when something stalls, marketers almost always laugh to the bank! 10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

Marketers (and almost anyone who uses social media) use the term to describe images, videos, articles, or other content types so that Internet users can not stop sharing.

# 2. Dive inside
No. It has nothing to do with swimming. Not even close to an inch of water.

In the world of digital marketing, deep diving means you will discuss the best detail of a particular topic.

Can we dive deep into the next keyword?

# 3. A thousand years
Everything, and for good reason, revolves around the millennium.

Being the greatest living generation (and the most complicated consumer), marketers do not seem to have enough of this stuff.

Nobody remembers the millennium also called generation Y, because, well. Let’s say a thousand years sounds better

# 4 Netflix and Chill
Seriously, it’s 2017, but Netflix and cold are still a marketing sensation, even in the dating industry.

Technically, Netflix and the cold are happening when your love interest ends for a love-making session and a Netflix watch session (both at the same time!).

Theoretically, it could mean anything, from binge eating on Netflix, to bonding on Netflix! 10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

# 5. ROI (Return on Investment)
Long ago, ROI was the phrase used by investment professionals and corporate honchos.

Fortunately, it spilled into the marketing world, and marketers made a killing with him. Drag the digital marketing blog in your browser and you will be very lucky not to find the acronym.

In addition to the buzz, ROI describes the efficiency and forecast of the financial returns of a marketing or campaign program.

# 6. Infographics
Marketers are always trying to create new content formats to encourage consumer engagement.

Infographics are one of the latest discoveries that really take off and, as a result, most of the information we consume today is presented in visual charts.

# 7. Leaders of Thought
No formal school offers courses in thinking leadership, but that does not mean we can not think of leaders.

It is a professional with an authoritative and influential view of certain things. This is a good thing, except for the fact that everyone who has hacked it into marketing or branding thinks they are leaders of thought.

# 8. Large data
The big data is the data science product (which is also a keyword).

Digital marketers use large data (large data volumes) to make day-to-day marketing decisions.

Just listen to marketers The term big data must be in the first 100 words they say!

# 9. SoLoMo
Because, who has time to say social media, local media and mobile apps in one sentence?

# 10. Toughness
Hyperlinks are everywhere, and sometimes internet users like to click on them. When a link attracts thousands (or millions) of clicks, marketers will tell you that this site has high clicks.

In other words, the link in question is a gateway for super-awesome content.

In conclusion …
You may cringe every time you see a keyword, but let’s face it: they will not go any time soon!

Sure, some will die naturally with time, but others – like viruses – have been immortalized by social media!

What do you think of this keyword? Any words or phrases you want to include in the list? Join us in the comments section!

10 Most Frequently Used Thermal Marketing Keywords

Keep Your Home Easy and Breezy

Keep Your Home Easy and Breezy

Whether you’re replacing an outdated unit, building a new house, or renovating an older home, you might consider installing an air conditioner in Kennesaw. Georgia is known for its heat, and it is something that every homeowner ends up fighting. It is important to have a professional installation that you can trust and get the HVAC system appropriate for your home. Skimping on your air conditioning unit may save you money initially, but it can cost you in the long run with higher energy bills and repair costs. Getting quality, a reliable system can save you a lot of headaches in the future.

Keep Your Home Easy and Breezy

Size is taken into account

The right-sized unit is important. The air conditioner unit that is too small for your home will run overtime, and it will turn into an improvement when the exit is faster than expected. This will also result in higher energy bills than desired. A constant unit running and trying to handle a house larger than its capacity to accommodate will inevitably result in higher energy costs. It may not be something you want. Alternatively, if you invest in a unit that is too large, you can also get higher energy bills. This unit will attract more power even when running in a lower place. While it may not burn through parts like units that are too small, you may still be dissatisfied with the monthly fee. The right unit alone is always the best option. Keep Your Home Easy and Breezy

Next comes the choice between a one stage unit and a two-stage unit. The two-stage units tend to be slightly more expensive, but can save on energy costs, allowing them to pay additional fees over time. However, there are many affordable and efficient single-stage units. If you’re looking for an AC installation in Kennesaw, it’s worth consulting an expert, both to determine the size of units you need for your home and what they might suggest. The smart choice can make your home breezy and your budget under control.

Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Every dedicated teacher continues to look for ways to encourage the imagination of young learners. Organizing a school trip to bring a dusty page of history to life is (or should be) at the top of the list. No subject benefited more than the opportunity to visit sites where past monumental events had occurred, and no subject offered so many choices when planning school trips.
Exploring the Normandy Heritage Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

The Normandy region of France is a logical choice for school trips, with several sites related to medieval studies to the bloody battles of World War II. From the foundation level to the GCSE level, students can benefit from various programs in museums and monuments, many of which can be tailored specifically to curriculum requirements.

History of the Middle Ages

For students studying the Norman Conquest, the trip to Normandy led them to where it all began. Visiting the Bayeux rugs introduced them to early medieval art; these preserved magnificent artifacts are one of the most valuable historical sources available to teach the period to the students. As a complete and compelling visual narrative of the events surrounding the Norman Conquest, this serves as a real learning aid to inspire deeper appreciation of the era, both for the primary and secondary groups. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Falaise Castle is another very important site for those who focus on the Middle Ages. The birthplace of William the Conqueror is a great example of medieval architecture, and visiting the site allows students to give knowledge of this important sovereignty, the first Norman King of England, into the historical context.

Modern history

For young people who study the events of World War II, Normandy is an active learning center, with many sites and monuments related to combat performed on French soil. No amount of textbook reading can come close to a deep experience of visiting beaches and battlefields where these events took place and so many youths lost their lives.

The WWII site in the region serves as a serious war heritage and provides an excellent source of education, not just for historical subjects, but also related to politics and social studies. The tour of the cemetery and the battlefield brings home the real reality of war and can not but leave an indelible imprint on young hearts and minds, while a museum with cutting-edge technology serves to bring the drama of the Normandy invasion into real life.

But more than simply providing an opportunity to elaborate facts and meet the curriculum requirements, visiting the WWII site in Normandy is an opportunity for an educator to give young people an insight into the gravity of war, its consequences and impact. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Accessible Destinations

This beautiful part of France is capable of sparking a passion for history and learning in groups of various ages in curricular studies, making it the perfect destination for school trips. It’s also very practical in terms of budget and logistics, with the Channel Crossing from Folkestone ensuring a quick trip from the UK.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in school trips for schools and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Devin Patrick Kelley: What we know about the Texas church shooting suspect

Devin Patrick Kelley: What we know about the Texas church shooting suspect
The suspect who opened fire inside a South Texas church has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, law enforcement sources tell CBS News. He has a residence in New Braunfels, Texas, which is about a 35 mile drive from where the attack took place in Sutherland Springs.

The shooting left at least 26 people dead and 20 others injured in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described as the worst mass shooting in his state’s history.

On Sunday night, authorities only identified the suspect as a young white male. They said he was dressed in all black and tactical gear when he opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

After a car chase with police, the suspect was shot and declared dead. It’s unclear if the suspect shot himself or if he was killed by police.

Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in May 2014, CBS News has learned.

Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told The Associated Press that records show Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. The circumstances under which he left the service were not immediately available.

The Pentagon told the AP that Kelley was an airman “at one point,” but did not provide additional details.

Devin Patrick Kelley
Officials say the suspect lived in a San Antonio suburb and doesn’t appear to be linked to any organized terrorist groups. CBS News has learned Kelley has a wife named Danielle Lee Shields.

Investigators will look at his social media posts made in the days prior to Sunday’s attack — including one that appeared to display an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon. Kelley’s date of birth is listed as Feb. 21, 1991.

No motive has been declared as the investigation continues.

The essential Ta-Nehisi Coates

The essential Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates pulls no punches in his writings about race relations in America. This morning, he discusses the fine print with our Martha Teichner:

It’s not all that often that a guy who writes about race can sell out a 3,000-seat theater … on a weeknight, especially. But Ta-Nehisi Coates routinely has fans — as many white as black — lined up around the block for tough talk some Americans might be uncomfortable hearing.

“If you are attempting to study American history and you don’t understand the force of white supremacy, you fundamentally misunderstand America,” he told an audience last month at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.

Teichner asked Coates, “Who is your audience?”

“Well, first of all I’m talking to myself,” he laughed. “Secondly, it’s probably young African-American kids who came up like me.”

ONE WORLD
“But whole bunches of white people buy your books in large numbers.”

“Yeah, I know, and I don’t know why it is!”

“Are you surprised?”

“Yes. I mean, I’m not surprised anymore, but initially I was very surprised.”

His latest book, “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World), an expanded version of essays he wrote for The Atlantic since 2008, was an instant bestseller. His last, a letter to his son about the hazards of being a black male in America (“Between the World and Me”), spent 80 weeks on The New York Times list. It won the National Book Award in 2015, the same year Ta-Nehisi Coates received a so-called MacArthur “genius grant.”

“To be black in the Baltimore of my youth was to be naked before the elements of the world, before all the guns, fists, knives, crack, rape, and disease. The nakedness is not an error, nor pathology. The nakedness is the correct and intended result of policy, the predictable upshot of people forced for centuries to live under fear.”

Coates said, “I try to write in such a way that it makes people feel things. I don’t want them to read what I’m writing and just say, ‘I think that’s right’ and agree with me. I want them to read something and then walk away and be haunted by it.”

Forty-two now, Coates grew up in Baltimore surrounded by violence … and books. His father, Paul Coates, a one-time Black Panther, published forgotten African-American writers in his basement, and worked for years as a research librarian at historically black Howard University, in Washington, D.C.

Author and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates with correspondent Martha Teichner. CBS NEWS
Touring the university’s library, where Ta-Nehisi would come as a child with his father, Paul Coates said, “Much of this collection is older than the university. It’s older than 150 years; it goes back to the abolitionist period. I feel that energy when I enter this space.

“I wanted [Ta-Nehisi] to be connected to his community,” Paul said. “I wanted him to give back and understand that he was not separate from his community, that his successes could only be the successes of his community, and that his community was actually his lifeblood.”

Later, as a Howard student in the mid-’90s, Coates practically lived in this library. “You literally could go through that card catalog back there and in my recollection, it was almost anything I wanted to read written by a black author, I could just go get. I felt liberated in here.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the writing process
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Ta-Nehisi Coates on the writing process
Howard, for him, was an awakening — less about his classes, more about self-education, experiencing a whole world in a small space: “You would meet students from Africa here, students from the Caribbean,” he said.

Although he didn’t graduate, it was at Howard that he began to write, and where he made friends with another student, Prince Jones, whose killing by police in 2000 as he drove to his fiance’s home, galvanized Coates’ rage, and made him the writer he is now.

“I had somebody who I knew, a living person whose life had value, and it was taken through no fault of his own,” Coates said. “I write what I write in the way that I write it. I’m not being abstract, you know. I’m talking about something that, you know, is a part of my life.”

A national correspondent for The Atlantic, his June 2014 cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” was his controversial ticket to prominence. His argument: that the wealth gap (“For every nickel of wealth that the average black family has, a white family has a dollar”) is the result of a long history of discriminatory housing policies, and must be redressed.

To Coates, “the very idea of uplift is the thing that is most threatening.”

Suddenly, he was the nation’s lightning rod on race.

 

An excerpt from the new book, published recently in The Atlantic, contends that Donald Trump couldn’t have been elected had his predecessor not been Barack Obama.

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

2017 has been a gift for the skiing and snowboarding aficionado, thanks to the release of some incredible new high-tech gadgetry to make your time on the slopes all the more special. From Smartphone apps to clothing, watches to equipment, this has been the year when it’s really paid to get ahead with some top-quality gear.
Already sketching out plans for hitting the pistes this coming winter? These are the finest offerings from 2017 you need to make sure you are taking with you.

 

Leki GoPro Adapter

Designed to capture you and the mountains from all the best angles, this adapter will easily attach to both Leki racing poles and freeride mountaineering poles, offering a far wider variety of shots than a helmet-mounted camera and ensuring you look slick and smooth as you make your way down the pistes.

Snoww Social Tracking App

Not all the best gear need cost the sun and the moon – this is free to download on iPhone but offers an incredible package, combining social media with a video game experience. Using GPS, it can monitor how far you’ve skied, your top speed and energy used, vertical drops taken, and much more. It also allows you to compare your stats with friends, track where they are, and share photos via your online profiles. Make sure you’re king of the mountains and the person to beat!

Powervision Robotics Poweregg Drone

This sleek egg-shaped drone not only looks good but is designed to make you look stunning too – all 360 degrees of you, in fact, with a top-quality 4K HD camera that can capture real-time video from long range. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly practical, being small and light enough to carry with you, and easily operable by remote control.

Suunto Spartan Ultra Sports Watch

The ultimate item for the true pro, this sports watch is packed with amazing features and is the perfect guide for getting the best out of your skiing. Its GPS heatmap allows you to check out the top places for making runs; once there, you can record your speed, altitude and distance, and then share your stats and times with other online users. Don’t let yourself be seen on the slopes and in the après-ski bars without one.

Poc Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

Keeping yourself protected doesn’t need to look, or feel, bad – thanks to this smooth fitting airbag vest, you can feel comfortable pushing yourself to your limits. Capable of detecting any unavoidable falls you’re due to encounter, it will inflate in less than 100 milliseconds, and is also sensor-fitted to monitor for crashes and cushion your upper body from the impact. Even if you make the odd tumble, you’ll be falling with style.

Before You Hit the Slopes

Looks like you’re all set to go. There’s just one more, slightly less glamorous piece of kit to think about: ski travel insurance. Of course, no matter how much high-tech wizardry you have with you, or how strong your Airbag Vest is, it always pays to have great ski travel insurance cover, so that you can always salvage the best from any bad scrapes you may encounter. For that extra peace of mind, investing in some solid ski travel insurance will ensure you, along with your gear, are safely covered when you’re taking to the slopes – get in touch with InsureMore today to find out how.

Home decoration improvement that you can do

Home decoration improvement that you can do

Your house is a blah case. It’s boring, boring, and lethargic, like a winter day. If you’re bored with old settings, think about making some changes. Changes will make your home good, as long as you do not exaggerate. Small changes make a big impact and a great thing is to give your space a new look is not expensive. In this article, we’ve developed an idea of ​​home decorating that anyone can do. This smart solution brings a lot of elegance to the pound.
Garnish with ribbon Pita is beautiful, fun, and colorful and can be used for everything around the house. All you need are a few pieces of ribbon to upgrade your home look. If you do not have any leftover ribbon in your house, then order immediately. Ribbons will not harm your arms and legs. Instead, it’s pretty cheap. Visit this website and message ribbon rolls. The question now is how can you put the ribbon into your home decor. Here are our favorite ribbon decoration tricks:

 

Adorn curtains with ribbon If your curtain needs to pop, use ribbon. Ribbons add color and texture to the boring drapes. However, this does not mean that they are also incapable of decorating the precious curtains. All you can do is trim the window treatment with a bit of trimming. You will see that the ribbon instantly makes the curtains more fashionable. Another thing you can do is hang a ribbon from the curtain rod. You can be sure that the curtains will not look like something you find in a car wash. If you do not like this idea, take a curtain and plug in a ribbon curtain.

Adorn your backrest You have a plain-looking ottoman. Unfortunately, you can not buy Charles Eames seats. Even if you do not have the money to buy a luxury seat, this does not mean you can not enjoy it. Cut the tape and paint your ottoman look. Before getting into anything, measure the seat surface and the distance between the lines. You can mark the lines on the palm rest using chalk. Glue the pruning down, make sure it matches the line. For the finishing touch, tighten the ends of the line.

Nuance of ribbon lamp Not only makes the lamp shades with ribbon very easy, also fun. Yu does not need to make a shade of light from scratch. All you have to do is bring your ribbon rolls, hot glue guns, and wrap the lampshades. This is much easier than releasing the lampshade. You can do as many colors as you want.

Remodel old furniture Chances are you have at least one piece of furniture that you do not use anymore. Or you do not like. Why not give tired furniture a new life? Let’s say that you have a dull chair. Sand, prime, paint and add new fabrics. You will have a new seat. If you are not an expert in that, you can add some layers of paint. Or maybe you have an old sofa lying around the house. How can you provide a new contract for life? When it comes to this important item, there are many things you can do. You can buy slipcover. You may be able to find one made especially for your sofa. You can also use sheets as slipcover. The bottom line is you need to pick one of your favorite pieces of least favored and give them a TLC.

Fill in the blank wall Do you have a large blank wall? If the answer is yes, you need something about it because the wall decoration affects how the room looks. Filling the blank wall may seem intimidating, but the reality is very simple. Here’s how to set the wall:

Hanging the canvas print You can not find affordable artwork, so the only thing you can do is invest in canvas prints. Canvas prints are a cost-effective refinement of the decor and they have the power to change the aspect of the room. The hard part is handing the canvas perfectly on the wall. This is why there is a canvas print hanging kit. Before you begin, make sure there are no power lines below where you plan to hang canvas prints. No less important is t mark the center of the frame before you start. If you do not do this, you will not be able to get the bracket in the middle of the frame. Home decoration improvement that you can do  Home decoration improvement that you can do  Home decoration improvement that you can do

Top Resorts In Asia, Best Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Reader Options

Top Resorts In Asia, Best Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Reader Options

Making another appearance at Choice’s Choice Awards Conde Nast Traveler, The Legian Bali is proud to announce its place as part of the top 15 resorts in Asia 2017, chosen by the public. With only two other resorts in Bali listing Top 15, this award shows further progress and recognition for The Legian Bali at an international retreat.
The Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards is a very high honor because travelers do not just vote, but also submit ratings and comments, share their positive experiences and personal views with the world. Due to this unique voting system, this great award signifies the success of Bali Legian in hospitality excellence even after 20 years. And thus, The Legian Bali thanked them profusely to all those who supported them. Top Resorts In Asia, Best Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Reader Options

Thank you, from The Legian Bali.

About The Legian Bali

Legian Bali is a double concept hotel that sets a new standard for resort life with its contemporary approach to traditional Indonesian design. Set in a beautiful tropical garden with original Indonesian sculptures and arts, the resort has the most spacious 67 all-suite suite in Bali, along with 14 private pool villas located in the neighboring complex of The Club, and luxurious sea levels, two-storey Beach House; all designed to emit a high-end feel of a private residence.

The club in particular, featuring a more premium level of fun, with a trained personalized minister trained by a consultant from The Guild of Professional English Butler.

Legian Bali is a 25-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and located on the southern coast of Bali along Seminyak Beach and within walking distance of some of Bali’s most trendy restaurants, shopping and nightlife; raising the bar in luxury amid the tranquility of the island’s natural beauty. Top Resorts In Asia, Best Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Reader Options

About Hotel Management Legian

Established in 2016, LHM (Legian Hotel Management Ltd) offers comprehensive management services from Technical & Planning Advisory, Financial Advisory, Operations & Maintenance, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources.

LHM ensures that guests at each of its properties have an incomparable lifestyle, aimed at perfection and creating a fun experience where everything runs effortlessly, giving the guests an authentic, authentic feel of being in tune with each unique environment. Top Resorts In Asia, Best Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Reader Options

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Giant tortoises are one of the best known animals in the Galapagos Islands. And, for nature lovers who choose wildlife holidays in the Galapagos, this is one of the most sought-after encounters. Like many other animals, however, despite its iconic status as the world’s largest tortoise, it faces the challenge of survival, and is now extinct or nearly extinct on several islands in the archipelago.
Of the 14 native populations, only eleven are left – with many of them considered to be highly threatened. The GTRI (The Giant Tortoise Recovery Initiative) is a conservation project  aimed at changing the flow and restoring its population across the island. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

GTRI work

Established in 2014, GTRI has worked closely with the Directorate of National Parks to achieve a number of objectives. The long-term goals of the initiative include:

• Restoring population to historical summits throughout the archipelago. This includes breeding programs to recover the islands where endemic subspecies have become extinct. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

• Rejuvenate and restore the required habitat.

• Survey of current population to inform future conservation research and efforts.

• Use genetic advances to improve future conservation programs.

Why Do They Need Help?

In an environment where it has no natural predators for millions of years, the Giant Turtles become the animals most affected by human arrivals on the islands. For years, they were used as a food source by settlers and maritime tourists, who managed to find out that they were able to survive for long at sea. They transport them aboard in holding the ship, and then kill them as needed.

In addition to being a source of food, the population is devastated by the introduction of animals such as dogs, goats, cows and pigs. Dogs and pigs loot eggs and hatchlings, while cattle and goats compete with the turtle’s own food source.

Although it is illegal to catch them today, and introduce animals gradually controlled or removed, in some cases too late. But generating an extinct subspecies, such as endemic disease on the island of Floreana, becomes a reality in itself by GTRI’s deductive work.

Progress Created

Species from Floreana Island have been deemed extinct since 1850. But thanks to advances in DNA testing, scientists were able to determine their genetic traces in 2008. They then tested the hybrid population on Wolf Isabela volcano island that has different DNA, and found that it fits well the extinct Floreana species. How this cross-crossing takes place is a mystery, although the most likely explanation is through human intervention, perhaps by dismantling them among the different islands.

A group of 30 have been transferred to a research center in Santa Cruz, where scientists can analyze their DNA even further. It was found that two were classified F1, meaning that they were descended from two elderly races. Through a breeding program, GTRI now intends to refill Floreana Island with the offspring of these animals – effectively bringing the species back from the dead.

Visit the Past and Future on Holidays in the Galapagos

Thanks to GTRI, past species are now closely related to their future, and it is highly likely that populations can be restored to their natural habitat. Visitors to wildlife vacations in the Galapagos can visit the Tortoise Center in Santa Cruz to see the resurrection of Tortoise Giant Floreana in (albeit very slowly). Restoring the Past in the Galapagos