Galapagos News


Massive Waves Batter Parts of the Galapagos

Last weekend, huge waves battered some coastal areas in the Galapagos Islands, causing damage to townships and raising fears about the well being of certain coastal species. 

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Galapagos National Park Releases Preliminary 2014 Visitor Report

The Galapagos National Park has completed an analysis of data provided by visitors who entered the protected areas of the Galapagos archipelago in 2014 and released some of the initial findings yesterday. 

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Stranded Galapagos Passenger Vessel Breaks up on Rocks

IGTOA has learned from an anonymous source that the Tip Top II ,16-passenger yacht that ran aground near Tortuga Bay on April 24th, has broken up on the rocks. All passengers and crew were quickly rescued without incident. 

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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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The Galapagos National Park Has a New Director

On Friday, April 10th, Ecuador's Environment Ministry announced that Galapagos National director Dr. Arturo Izurieta was being replaced by Alejandra Ordoñez.

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Mangrove Finch Project Hatches Success

The future is looking slightly brighter for one of the world’s most endangered birds after the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) announced last week that it is once again rearing mangrove finch chicks in captivity.

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Pinzon Island Welcomes Baby Tortoises

It appears that Pinzon Island is experiencing a bit of a baby boom. Ten tiny-shelled saddleback tortoise hatchlings were spotted in December on the island for the first time in over a century. 

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Galapagos Land Birds Feast on Flowers

Have you tried the new flower diet? It seems to be sprouting up on menus all over the Galapagos for several species of land birds. 

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180-Day State of Emergency in Galapagos After Cargo Ship hits Rocks

A 180-Day state of emergency was declared in the Galapagos, after the cargo ship Floreana ran aground in San Cristobal's Wreck Bay. . .

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Charles Darwin Foundation shares a big "Gracias!" for Member and Donor Support

Many organizations ask for donations, but members and donors don't always get a personal thank you from the recipients of the support. Fortunately, that's not how the Charles Darwin Foundation rolls. . .

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