Galapagos Conservancy’s members are an inspiring group of people dedicated to ensuring we accomplish our conservation goals in Galapagos. In this section, we feature some of the people, past and present, who help make our work possible. Learn more about becoming a member of Galapagos Conservancy.
2016 Featured Members
Randy and Sally Knight
Randy and Sally Knight first visited the Galapagos Islands in 2004 and were so enchanted by the Islands and their animals that they decided to return in 2016 — on Galapagos Conservancy’s annual cruise!
According to Randy, “Like most people, we initially had the idea that the Galapagos were remote and largely untouched. But between our observations, the guides on our first trip, and reading Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galapagos Islands (by Michael D’Orso) we realized that the Islands face many challenges and will endure only if individuals and organizations actively tackle those challenges.”
The Knights first learned of Galapagos Conservancy while at the Charles Darwin Research Station in 2004, and they have been loyal, generous donors to our efforts ever since. Randy and Sally cite their reason for supporting GC for its long track record of success, coupled with “GC’s holistic approach to working with government agencies, key players, and especially the people who live in the islands. Trying to solve environmental problems such as invasive species or illegal fishing, without also dealing with the social and political conditions that led to the problems is simply a Band-Aid with little chance for lasting impact. Long-term success requires working with all the stakeholders to change the underlying conditions so that everyone sees a positive benefit from conservation.”
Galapagos Conservancy is proud to have members like the Knights who understand the complex nature of conservation and the need to involve and support the residents of Galapagos while also protecting the unique environment in which they live.
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