A Mother Sea Lion nuzzles her baby. Photo by Kathy Reeves.
A Land Iguana eyes its next tasty spiky morsel. Photo by G. Breit.
A Cheekspot Goby (Labrisomid) peeps out from his hiding spot. Photo by Josser Delgado.
Nazca Boobies squabble while the waves crash behind. Photo by Jackie Betsch.
To visit the Galapagos Islands is to experience a world before humans. A land out of time, where animals never learned to fear people. A land isolated from the modern world.
But the things that make these islands special also make them fragile. Today, the Galapagos Islands are at risk due to a growing human population. Overuse of limited natural resources and constant introductions on invasive alien species and disease add stress to an isolated island system already beginning to experience the effects of global climate change.
We at Galapagos Conservancy cannot imagine a world without the magic of Galapagos’ unique plants and animals. Generations to come deserve to know these islands and the diversity of wildlife that calls them home.
Galapagos Conservancy funds ground-breaking conservation research, works closely with local communities, and promotes hands-on conservation work. We:
Bring together scientists, local organizations, and decision makers to collaborate on projects that respond to the greatest conservation needs.
Provide essential funding to large-scale island-wide efforts, such as Project Pinta (returning tortoises to Pinta Island after an absence of 40 years), Project Isabela (eradicating large invasive mammals from the islands of Santiago and Isabela) and Project Floreana (restoring the natural environment while improving the quality of life for all of its inhabitants — humans, animals, plants, and marine species.