This year, Galapagos Conservancy is proud to be a partner of #GivingTuesday — a global campaign dedicated to creating an entire day around the concept of giving back in the midst of the holiday shopping frenzy. December 3, 2013 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, which will be rolled out via social media channels like Facebook and Twitter (hence the # in the name!).
As a partner of this growing annual event, we at Galapagos Conservancy have identified a critical conservation project for which we need support. In September of this year, authorities at the Galapagos National Park found several marine iguanas that had died of unknown causes—and now that number has grown to more than 80. Marine iguanas are the only sea-going lizard in the world, living on land but grazing on seaweed and algae in the ocean. To warm up from the cold water, they bask on sun-warmed rocks all along the coasts of Galapagos—a common site for anyone who’s visited the Islands.
In light of the recent findings at the Park, Galapagos Conservancy is helping to implement a rapid response effort that involves increased monitoring of marine iguana colonies and laboratory testing to identify the cause of the deaths. This information will be used to develop an appropriate conservation strategy to protect these extraordinary animals.
How You Can Help
Our initial cost to fund the rapid response efforts is $9,600, but may increase if the problem expands to other populations in the archipelago. Depending on the results of the lab tests, we may also need to support the resulting conservation strategy. If just 2,000 of our online supporters gave $5 for marine iguanas, we would more than meet our initial goal! That’s only 20% of our current combined supporters on Facebook and Twitter…and of course, the more, the merrier.
Whether or not you’re able to give a financial gift for marine iguanas, you can help Galapagos Conservancy’s efforts by sharing this blog post with your friends, family, and others who care about protecting this unique part of the world. If you use social media, make sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook so you can share our #GivingTuesday updates. We look forward to celebrating this special day for giving back on December 3!