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Majestic guardians of the waters: two sea lions in their natural habitat.

Marine Guardians Take Action for Sea Lions

Imagine a world devoid of the playful barks, sleek forms and graceful movements of the Galapagos Sea Lions. These charismatic and endemic creatures are important predators in marine ecosystems. These sentinels protect the balance and health of marine life. Their survival is at risk, as they face many challenges including climate change. We can protect these sea guardians and ensure that Galapagos Sea Lions thrive, as well as marine biodiversity for future generations.

Education and environmental awareness: Empowering young minds

Marjorie Riofrio is a researcher and professor from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. She has spearheaded an initiative to engage young minds in this context. This initiative is more than just a simple rescue or protection action. Marjorie involves high school students on San Cristobal Island, in hands-on learning activities. She aims to cultivate environmental stewardship and build their capacity.

Collaboration for Impact

Colony of Galapagos sea lions relaxing at Los Marinos Beach.
©Galápagos Conservancy

This initiative was implemented in June 2022 with the support of the Galapagos Science Center, and a conservation grant provided by the Galapagos Conservancy. The project involved 42 high school students aged 14-17 from different institutions. They attended monthly training sessions. The sessions included forums, workshops and field trips to help the students better understand these Galapagos species.

Making a difference in the community

They also monitor sea lion colonies in populated areas. They can then apply the knowledge they have acquired and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The results are clear: San Cristobal’s environmental awareness has increased significantly. This project has helped to increase awareness of the importance of protecting marine-coastal habitats and sea lions. Our work is not yet done. We can reach out to more communities with your help, and inspire future generations to conserve our planet.

Young people with Marjorie Riofrio's team celebrating the success of the program "Educating for the conservation of the Galapagos sea lion".
©Galápagos Conservancy