Galápagos Conservancy

Celebrating 489 Years of Conservation and Resilience

Celebrating 489 Years of Conservation and Resilience
The Wolf Volcano, standing at 1710 meters tall, on Isabela Island in Galapagos offers a stunning view of nature's grandeur. ©Galápagos Conservancy

489 years ago, as the Dominican friar Tomás de Berlanga was sailing southward from Panama to the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, strong ocean currents diverted his ship off course, threatening disaster. Yet, amidst this peril came a singular encounter that would forever alter history. In the vast expanse of the ocean, Berlanga and his crew witnessed the majestic islands of the Galápagos emerge from the blue, marking the beginning of a remarkable saga of discovery.

But for Berlanga, this experience transcended mere discovery; it was also a challenge to survival and an opportunity for humanity to adapt and thrive in harmony with nature. His accounts vividly describe a harsh landscape where every resource became a divine blessing amidst the seeming emptiness of the ocean.

A Legacy of Resilience and Harmony

Over the centuries, the Galápagos Islands have silently watched a remarkable story unfold. From the arrival of its first people to the present-day population of over thirty thousand inhabitants, the archipelago’s history is a testament to human resilience and deep connection with nature. Each chapter of this story has contributed to shaping the unique character of Galápagos, where adaptability and harmony with the environment are fundamental values.

Permanent Commitment to Conservation

As we reflect on this anniversary of discovery, we also reaffirm an enduring commitment: Galápagos Conservancy’s dedication to conserving the legacy of the archipelago for future generations. Our efforts, though, go beyond conservation as we aim to cultivate true sustainability for the Galápagos Islands, where community and biodiversity can coexist in harmony.

Celebrating 489 Years of Conservation and Resilience
Breathtaking view of a colony of sea lions resting on Marinos Beach, in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal Island. ©Galápagos Conservancy

The Galápagos islands are more than just a bucket-list tourist destination. They are a living symbol of nature’s remarkable ability to thrive and adapt in unique environments.

On this special day, let us take a moment to look back at our past, cherish our present, and renew our pledge to safeguard the future of the Galápagos. We express our deepest gratitude to all those who contribute to the conservation of this valuable legacy, particularly our donors who are committed to conserving Galápagos ecosystems. By working together, we can ensure that this natural wonder continues to inspire hope and serve as a symbol of conservation for the entire world.

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