Galapagos tortoise, iguana traffickers jailed for one year

A Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is seen in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Archipelago, in the Pacific Ocean, 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, on February 27, 2019. – AFP pic, October 1, 2022.

THREE people were sentenced by an Ecuadoran court yesterday to a year in prison for trafficking 84 giant tortoises and five golden iguanas from the Galapagos, a fragile ecosystem registered as a Natural World Heritage site.

The defendants pleaded guilty and were also fined US$29,000, the national prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

Subscribe Now!

Sign up or sign in here to comment.