Galapagos News


A Changing Climate Is Changing Sea Lions’ Diets

As endangered Galapagos sea lions face increasing threats from climate change, they’re hunting bigger—but far more hazardous—prey. Will the strategy work?

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Pioneering Project Uses Drones to Combat Invasive Species with Support from IGTOA

In 2018, a naturalist guide reported seeing an invasive rat on Seymour Norte, an iconic tourist site in the Galapagos Islands. Seymour Norte is a safe haven for many species, including Galapagos Land Iguanas, Blue-footed Goobies and Magnificent Frigate Birds. Invasive rodents have long been a scourge to the endemic wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, as they feed upon the eggs and nestlings of birds and reptiles. With support from IGTOA, Island Conservation leapt into action to solve the problem using a pioneering new technology. 

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Delivering a Letter to the Galapagos National Park

Last week, IGTOA board member Marc Patry of CNH  Tours delivered a letter from IGTOA to the director of the Galapagos National Park, Jorge Carrion, stating our organization's support for an across the board increase to the national park entrance fee. 

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Ecuador's Government Repeals New Austerity Measures Ending Nationwide Protests

An agreement between Ecuador's government and indigenous groups protesting new austere measures have come to an agreement that should end recent nationwide strikes.

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The Galapagos National Park Fee is Set to Increase: Here's Why it's a Good Idea

The Governing Council of Galapagos is working on a plan to increase the $100 per person visitor fee in 2020. While we don't yet know what the fee will increase to, there is a strong argument to be made that some sort of increase is long overdue. 

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IGTOA and Top Cruise Operators Launch Partnership to Support Galapagos Conservation

IGTOA's is pleased to announce its new Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund Cruise Partner Program. Through it, IGTOA is partnering with some of the premiere cruise operators in the Galapagos Islands to provide funding to critical conservation initiatives in the islands. 

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Human Healing May Be Hiding in Galapagos Cormorant Wings

Researchers recently sequenced the Galapagos cormorant’s genome to find out how its flightlessness evolved. And in the process, they may have discovered how to develop treatments for people with skeletal genetic disorders.

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Controlling an Invasive Fly, with Help from IGTOA

If tests show that an alien, parasitic wasp is the natural enemy of a fly species that is now devastating populations of Galapagos birds, these non-natives could soon be introduced to the famed islands.

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Giant Tortoise DNA Holds Clues to Human Longevity

The famous Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George died seven years ago. Today, however, he’s still teaching us about his now-extinct species. And in the process, he’s also instructing us on how we can live longer and disease-free lives.

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Rewilding Santiago Island with Land Iguanas

In one of the largest iguana reintroductions ever attempted, more than 1,400 Galapagos land iguanas were released on Santiago Island. Will rewilding work?

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