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Bird's eye view of Fernandina Island

Preserving Fernandina Island’s Unique Flora and Fauna: Our Responsibility

Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has an active volcano, and a pristine, untouched ecosystem. Fernandina Island is the third-largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago. It measures 642 square kilometers. However, its remoteness and inhospitable environment have kept humans away and protected it against invasive species. Fernandina, a natural treasure with unique beauty, is protected by this.

Fernandina is still a wildlife haven despite being one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Its latest eruption was in 2020. The caldera formed by the 1968 collapse of the volcano is now a small, still lake. The island is home a variety of species including iguanas (both land and marine), fur seals and penguins. It also has cormorants and finches.

Although the conditions on Fernandina are unlivable, it is an incredible place to visit. It offers a rare opportunity to experience nature and the Galapagos Islands’ pristine beauty. Scientists and park rangers use its unspoiled ecosystems for research and conservation. Fernandina’s biodiversity and natural beauty are dependent on its conservation.

Galapagos Conservancy, and its sister organization Conservando Galapagos’ Director of Conservation, Dr. Jorge Carrion said that the Galapagos National Park Rangers, who Galapagos Conservancy fully supports, are the key to the conservation of Fernandina. Carrion said that much work remains to be done and that “there are still many future challenges” to protect Fernandina’s unique natural environment.

Fernandina’s biodiversity is unique and has been unspoiled for thousands years. However, with the growing tourism in the Islands, as well as the threat from invasive species, it’s conservation becomes more urgent. We must act to protect Fernandina for future generations.

Sea Lion on Fernandina Island
Sea Lion on Fernandina Island © Joshua Vela