Galapagos News


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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IGTOA Grant Empowers Local Youth to Become Galapagos Conservation Leaders

The following is a guest blog post by Lady Márquez and Juan Sebastian Torres from Ecology Project International (EPI), which received $25,000 in grants from IGTOA last year. 

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UNESCO Punts on Galapagos Tourism Growth Issue for Another Two Years

To conserve the Galapagos Islands, the United Nations wants Ecuador to develop a tourism strategy within two years that includes a moratorium on the construction of new tourism projects and that limits the number of flights. Can the fragile islands withstand the onslaught of visitors that long?

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The Galapagos Conservation Community Mourns the Passing of a Legend

Felipe Cruz, a pivotal figure in Galapagos conservation over the past three decades, has passed away. 

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Flying into the Clouds, the Great Frigate Bird Way

Great frigate birds fly as high as parts of the Rocky Mountains and stay aloft for as long as 56 days. According to a new study, that’s not all they can do. 

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Galapagos: Rights of Nature Versus Climate Change Wrongs

Ecuador was the world’s first country to recognize the rights of nature in its constitution. But climate change may cause half of that nature to soon be lost. 

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IGTOA's Call for Stricter Tourism Controls Featured in The New York Times

IGTOA's efforts to bring attention to the rapid growth of land-based tourism in the Galapagos Islands recently attracted the attention of The New York Times...

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Galapagos Species Found: A New Tortoise and a No-Longer Bird

Old museum specimens have recently led to new animal discoveries in the Galapagos Islands. What other finds could be lurking in the collections?

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Galapagos: Will Alien Invaders Take Down Its Avian World?

Birds in the Galapagos are being devastated by an alien fly species. Will this be the start of a never-before-seen era of extinctions in the iconic islands?

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Galapagos Guides Ring Alarm Bells over New Longline Fishing Threat

The contentious issue of commercial longline fishing in the Galapagos Islands has once again reared its ugly head. As its name suggests, the practice involves using a long fishing line, sometimes several miles in length, with baited hooks at regular intervals.  Environmentalists decry the practice because of the high number of non-targeted species, known as by-catch, that are often caught alongside the intended catch–large pelagic species, such as albacore and swordfish. 

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