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Galápagos Celebrates 51 Years of Growth and Community!

Galápagos Conservancy staff joined the parade celebrating Galápagos' annexation to Ecuador (192nd anniversary) and provincialization (51st anniversary).

February is a month packed with history and festivities for the Galapagos Archipelago. This year, they’re celebrating two major milestones: becoming part of Ecuador 192 years ago and officially becoming a province of Ecuador 51 years ago. For the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, there’s even more to celebrate with their district anniversary. […]

Ecological Restoration on Floreana Island: Not at a Tortoise’s Pace!

This specimen, descended from the extinct Floreana giant tortoise species (Chelonoidis niger), is cared for at the Santa Cruz Breeding Center.

Ecological restoration in Galapagos is often a slow, methodical process. It is possible to remove invasive species square meter by sq meter. It could take decades to breed critically endangered giant turtles. It’s just the way things are. Ecological restoration can move at a faster pace on rare occasions. This will be the situation starting […]

Isabela’s Giant Tortoise Breeding Center Gets Upgraded

The breeding center has undergone renovations, with upgraded ramps, pools, and platforms significantly improving the living conditions for the tortoises.

Isabela Island is one of four inhabited islands within the Galapagos Archipelago. It boasts the most vibrant biodiversity. The iconic giant tortoises of the island are being protected with significant efforts. These magnificent creatures are vital to the Galapagos ecosystems and biodiversity. These tortoises are important, but they face constant challenges in their quest for […]

Galápagos Celebrates International Wetlands Day: Highlighting Isabela’s Role as a Ramsar Site

Aerial view of the wetlands in southern Isabela, designated as Ramsar Site of International Importance since May 20, 2002.

International Wetlands Day is celebrated today, 2nd February, as a way to highlight the importance of these unique eco-systems. This day is especially important in Galapagos because of its unmatched biodiversity. We celebrate and recognize wetlands, which are true natural gems integral to the region’s eco-diversity. Dr. Our Director of Conservation, Jorge Carrion, sends his […]

Jenifer Suárez: A Beacon Amid Global Coral Challenges

Jenifer Suárez examines samples for the Galápagos coral restoration project

Marine ecosystems are at risk due to the escalating global coral bleaching crisis and erosion. Climate change, pollution and overfishing have all contributed to this. Coral reefs are often referred to as “the rainforests of the ocean” and are crucial for marine biodiversity. Coral reefs are vital to marine biodiversity and the beauty of the […]

Renewing Our Support for the Galápagos Biosecurity and Quarantine Control Agency

Renewal of this cooperation agreement for the year 2024, symbolizing the annual reaffirmation of Galápagos Conservancy’s ongoing support for conservation and biosecurity in the Galápagos Islands.

Galapagos Conservancy is committed to conserving Galapagos Islands’ exceptional ecosystems. As a sign of our continued commitment to this cause, we renewed today our support for the Galapagos Biosecurity and Quarantine Control Agency. Dr. James Gibbs and Washington Tapia, the General Director of Galapagos Biosecurity and Quarantine Control Agency renewed the agreement for 2024 with […]