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Archive - February 2019


Monumental Discovery: An Expedition Finds a Living Fernandina Giant Tortoise, Thought to Have Been Extinct for 100+ Years

A living Fernandina giant tortoise, a species thought to have gone extinct over a century ago, was found on Sunday.

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The 2018 Galapagos Visitor Statistic Are out and the News Isn't Good If You Are Concerned about Tourism Growth

Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism released 2018 visitor statistics for the Galapagos Islands a few days ago and the news isn't good for those of us who are concerned about tourism growth.

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The New York Times Once Again Sets Its Sites on Land-Based Tourism Growth

For the second time in less than a year, The New York Times has published stories about out-of-control land-based tourism growth in the Galapagos Islands. IGTOA's efforts to bring awareness to the issue was featured in both articles. 

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IGTOA Awards $95,000 in Galapagos Conservation Grants

IGTOA is pleased to announce that it has awarded $95,000 in 2018 Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund grants to four different recipients.  Since 1997, IGTOA has awarded over $1 million in grants to organizations working on the front lines of Galapagos science, education, and conservation. 

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