Blog :: Galapagos Conservation


Galapagos Authorities Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

The Galapagos Islands are joining municipalities and governments around the world in banning single use plastic shopping bags. Beginning in August, the importation, distribution and sale of plastic bags will be officially prohibited, according to news reports in the islands.

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IGTOA Provides $8,000 for White-vented Storm Petrel Research and Conservation

In 2014, IGTOA will donate a total of $65,000 to four different organizations working to protect and preserve the Galapagos Islands. Friends of Galapagos New Zealand will receive $8,000 to carry out a study of the White-vented storm petrel, a little understood species which could face extinction.

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IGTOA Featured on Green Global Travel

The popular eco-travel website Green Global Travel recently featured a story on IGTOA's efforts to support conservation and promote sustainable tourism in the Galapagos.

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Pacific Reef Shark Populations in Swift Decline: 5 Things You Can Do to Help

According to a study published in the April 27th edition of the journal Conservation Biology, up t

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Sharks in Galapagos Bagged, Tagged and Monitored to Aid in Future Conservation Efforts

The Galapagos National Park Service, with support from the

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Hails Plan for New Provincial Court in the Galapagos

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), a non-profit, marine wildli

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Scientist Find Previously Unknown Species of Shark in the Galapagos

Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) have describe

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Send a Love Note to the World’s Most Eligible Reptilian Bachelor this Valentine’s Day!

Lonesome George, perhaps the Galapagos Islands' most famous resident and a truly one-of-a-kind guy,

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2012 Marks the World Heritage Convention’s 40th Anniversary

On November 16, 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the World Heritage Convention. It was an historic milestone: The treaty was a giant step forward in helping to protect and conserve those places around the planet that “through their natural beauty or cultural resonance have left an indelible mark on humanity’s collective imagination.” 

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First Time in the Galápagos: Conservation Issues Get Real

Those of us who travel often find out that there is no better way to prove yourself, to test your most fondly held beliefs, and to discover which issues mean the most to you than by stepping outside your normal routine and comfort zone. So when I had an opportunity to travel to the Galápagos Islands in January, I felt I was up to the challenge of venturing about as far away from my everyday life as I could get.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria More Prevalent in Galápagos Wildlife Living Close to Humans

Reptile Magazine reported this week that land and marine iguanas —as well as giant tortoises — living next to tourist sites or human settlements on the Galápagos Islands are more likely to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria than those that live in more remote or protected locations. 

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Charles Darwin Foundation and WildAid Beneficiaries of 2012 IGTOA Traveler Funding Program

Two non-profit organizations in the Galapagos Islands learned this month that they will get a financial boost from the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA).

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‘Extinct’ Galapagos Tortoise Alive and Kicking, Researchers Say

A species of giant Galapagos tortoise thought to have been extinct since the mid-19th century may st

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