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Tracking the Impact of Climate Change on Galápagos Sea Lions and Fur Seals

Sea lion basking in the sun

Galapagos Conservancy, thanks to the unrestricted support of donors, is supporting a brand new initiative that will investigate how climate changes will affect pinnipeds – endemic fur seals and sea lions – in the archipelago. The new study will track the feeding patterns of these animals to determine how changes in ocean temperatures and availability […]

The Effects of El Niño on Galápagos Plants, Animals, and People

Giant tortoises benefit from increased food availability during El Niño, but their reproduction can be affected by flooding.

El Niño, which is a global climate anomaly, can affect the Galapagos Archipelago. El Niño-Southern Oscillation disrupts the ecosystems of the Galapagos Archipelago with increased ocean temperatures and rainfall. This affects marine species negatively, while benefiting some terrestrial species. It also challenges the cacti-dominated terrain and increases the risks from invasive plant species. El Niño […]

Transforming Waste into Innovation: Oscar’s Galápagos Initiative

Oscar Guiracocha, a native of Galápagos, pioneers a plastic waste collection system, turning trash into artistic treasures.

Transforming Waste into Innovation: Oscar’s Galapagos Initiative Oscar Guiracocha Andrade is a native from San Cristobal Island and he spearheads an innovative conservation project in the remote Galapagos. Oscar’s initiative, supported by the Galapagos Conservancy conservation grant program, transforms plastic waste to sustainable accessories and promotes environmental stewardship. Innovative Solutions for Galapagos Wellbeing Oscar’s innovative […]

The Remarkable Return of 136 Galápagos Tortoises to Their Natural Habitat

The safest and least impactful way to transfer the repatriated tortoises is by using a helicopter.

The Remarkable Return Of 136 Galapagos Tortoises To Their Natural Habitat In partnership with Galapagos Conservancy and the Galapagos National Park Directorate 136 juvenile tortoises were successfully returned to the Cinco Cerros region on Isabela Island’s Cerro Azul Volcano. These tortoises were aged between 5 to 9 years and returned to their habitat. This is […]

Galápagos in Flux: How El Niño is Reshaping Island Ecosystems

Sea turtles visiting the Galápagos Marine Reserve are among the species most susceptible to the El Niño phenomenon.

El Niño has started. This is a climate pattern that occurs periodically and brings warmer water into the Galapagos Archipelago. The trade winds that normally blow from east to western across the Pacific have begun to weaken. This has led to a decrease in the strength of Humboldt Current which brings cold water from Antarctica […]