Galapagos News


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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The Alarming Plight of Galapagos Sharks

More than 40 species of sharks live in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands, 90 percent of which are on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. Now, an overfishing crisis could cause these sharks to disappear forever. Read this Washington Post article.

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10 Things the Galapagos Islands Taught Me in 2018

Let’s take a look back through 2018 and discover what the Galapagos Islands had to show us—and are still teaching!

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New Galapagos Finch Evolves in Just Two Generations

An amazing thing recently happened on Daphne Major in the Galapagos: scientists witnessed a new species of Darwin’s finch evolve in only two generations.

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Groundbreaking IGTOA-Funded Pet Vaccination Program Protects Galapagos Wildlife

The following is a guest blog post by Tod Emko, founder of Darwin Animal Doctors (DAD), a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of animals, ecosystems and people all over the world by providing communities with world-class veterinary care and humane education programs. DAD has been providing free veterinary care, including humane pet sterilization procedures, in the Galapagos Islands since 2010. Last year, IGTOA provided DAD with a $10,000 grant in support of its pet vaccination programs in the Galapagos Islands. 

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IGTOA in Action: Funding the Science Behind Galapagos Conservation

The following is a guest blog post by Theresa Pike Rhodes of the Charles Darwin Foundation, which received a $20,000 IGTOA grant in 2017.  

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Scientists Shine a Light on Shark Secrets in the Galapagos

The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark is shy and mysterious. Now, two new discoveries in the Galapagos may help to ensure their continued survival. 

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IGTOA is Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2018

Do you know of an organization or individual who is working to preserve and protect the remarkable natural heritage of the Galapagos Islands? They may be eligible to receive a Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund grant from IGTOA.

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Coffee and Conservation: Can an Introduced Plant Do Good in the Galapagos?

Conservationists hope that building a market for local, shade-grown coffee in the Galapagos Islands will help restore vital Scalesia forests. 

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IGTOA Grant Funds Groundbreaking Floreana Island Restoration Project

The following is a guest blog posting by Chad Hanson, a Project Director with Island Conservation, which received a $25,000 IGTOA grant in 2017 in support of its Floreana Island Restoration Project. The project aims to remove harmful invasive species from Floreana Island, such as rats and cats, and to repatriate several iconic species that have gone extinct locally, including the Floreana Mockingbird and Floreana Giant Tortoise. 

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