Gere Tours Galapagos, Meets Unique Tortoise - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Gere Tours Galapagos, Meets Unique Tortoise

Posted: Updated:
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Richard Gere may be adopting a new cause: the preservation of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos National Park spokeswoman Vanessa Garcia says that during a visit to the Ecuadorean islands, he offered to speak out publicly for their conservation.

The Galapagos are home to unique animal and plant species and were a living laboratory for Charles Darwin. But conservationists say they are threatened by development and tourism.

The 59-year-old star of "Pretty Woman" and "Chicago" is touring the archipelago with his wife and son. Ecuadorean TV shows Gere meeting Lonesome George, believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni tortoise species.

Gere is an outspoken advocate for human rights in Tibet and other causes.

© 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

    Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 3:18 PM EST2018-11-07 20:18:14 GMT
    Tuesday, November 13 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-11-13 06:14:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg). Justin Denison, SVP of Mobile Product Development, shows off the Infinity Flex Display of a folding smartphone during the keynote address of the Samsung Developer Conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg). Justin Denison, SVP of Mobile Product Development, shows off the Infinity Flex Display of a folding smartphone during the keynote address of the Samsung Developer Conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in San Francisco.
    Samsung provides glimpse at flexible-screen phone that is expected usher in a wave of similar devices as industry searches for new features to revive slumping market. 
    Samsung provides glimpse at flexible-screen phone that is expected usher in a wave of similar devices as industry searches for new features to revive slumping market. 
  • Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

    Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

    Thursday, November 8 2018 1:17 PM EST2018-11-08 18:17:15 GMT
    Tuesday, November 13 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-11-13 06:14:21 GMT
    A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of the scientist's doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000). 
    A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of the scientist's doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000). 
  • Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

    Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

    Sunday, November 11 2018 12:38 PM EST2018-11-11 17:38:59 GMT
    Tuesday, November 13 2018 1:10 AM EST2018-11-13 06:10:11 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Bruno Mars presents the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mars will mark the end of his massive “24K Magic World To...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Bruno Mars presents the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mars will mark the end of his massive “24K Magic World To...
    Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. 
    Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.