A rare white-plumed Red-footed Booby. (Photo by M. Mulligan)
The generosity of individuals who understand what’s at stake in Galapagos represents an essential part of efforts to preserve these islands for the future. You can become directly involved in preserving this world treasure and help offset the impact of tourism in the islands by making a gift prior to, during, or after your trip. There are a number of ways you can help:
Give aboard your ship. Many tour companies invite their guests to support a variety of conservation initiatives in Galapagos. Galapagos Conservancy currently partners with the Celebrity’s Xpedition (learn more about the Xpedition Fund), Galapagos Travel, and a few other tour companies to administer these funds and to keep donors connected with Galapagos over time.
Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation’s book store. Most tours include a visit to the facilities of the Charles Darwin Foundation in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. Proceeds from the CDF’s bookstore support a variety of conservation initiatives, including a scholarship program that enables Ecuadorian university students to participate directly in ongoing research and conservation programs in the islands.
Connect with a Friends of Galapagos organization (FOGO) in your country. If you are from the United States, United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan, you can contact a FOGO in your country to make gifts of general support or to invest in specific projects and programs managed by these organizations.
For more information regarding how to best invest in Galapagos conservation initiatives, please contact us.