What is the Galapagos Conservation Trust and how is it helping?

What is the Galapagos Conservation Trust and how is it helping?

Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is the only UK registered charity to focus exclusively on the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Archipelago. GCT’s mission is to support, develop and promote projects that achieve measurable conservation, sustainable living, and protection of the environment.

How are the Galapagos Islands being conserved?

Galapagos conservation is focused on everything from breeding programs to protect endangered Galapagos species, to eradication of human-introduced species, recycling programs and cleaning up the ocean. Keep reading to learn more about Galapagos Islands Conservation.

Why is conservation important in the Galapagos Islands?

The Importance of Galapagos Conservation The Galapagos Islands are special because the wildlife and ecosystems that exist there are unique. Many species are endemic. This means that if threats to these are not kept in check, the wildlife could be put at risk and ultimately could become extinct.

Who is protecting Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands have more endemic species than any other island cluster in the world. Since 2000, Sea Shepherd, a nonprofit dedicated to marine wildlife conservation, has been working with the Ecuadorian National Park Service in the Galapagos Islands to protect its delicate ecosystem.

How do you adopt a Galapagos penguin?

When you get your kit, you follow a simple set of instructions to adopt your penguin. Register online, and then the Conservation Trust will take care of the penguin for the next 12 months in your name. When you register, you’ll get a certificate proving you protect this penguin and updates periodically from the Trust.

Are Galapagos Islands preserved?

The Galapagos archipelago is not only magnificent, pristine and delicate but also unique in our world. Many people try hard to preserve this enchanted place. Actually, it is already one of the most preserved archipelagos in the world.

What makes the Galapagos Islands environment so special?

Environmental conditions make the Galápagos a unique island ecosystem. The Galápagos Islands are located near the equator, yet they receive cool ocean currents. This makes for a strange mix of tropical and temperate climates. For most of their history, the islands have been extremely isolated.

Why Galapagos penguin is it in danger?

Penguins are threatened by pollution, bycatch and climate change. Introduced species, such as dogs, carry diseases that can spread to penguins as well, and cats pose a threat as predators.

Why is the Galapagos penguin important?

The penguins are an important food source for a variety of animals. The main terrestrial predators for the chicks and adults include Galapagos Rice Rats, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, snakes, hawks and owls as well as domestic or feral cats and dogs. In the water, they are consumed by sharks and other large marine predators.

What environmental concerns or problems have been reported about Galapagos?

The Galapagos Islands face many environmental threats. Ecosystem degradation could be caused by: climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, eutrophication and the introduction of invasive species.

How does the Galapagos Conservancy help the islands?

Galapagos Conservancy, in collaboration with our partners, offers four opportunities to receive grants for sustainability and/or conservation projects in the Islands. Get the latest Galapagos updates delivered to your inbox. The survival of Galapagos depends on our members.

Are there any threats to the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands have reached a critical point, with the increasing human footprint leaving future of these wonderfully diverse Islands in jeopardy. Find out more about some of the biggest threats Galapagos faces, and conservation work that is being carried out to protect and preserve these Islands for future generations.

Are there giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands?

The female Giant Tortoise found on Fernandina in 2019 has been confirmed to be a Fernandina Giant Tortoise, a species believed to be extinct for more than 100 years! The Galapagos Marine Reserv e is home to a wide array of species, many of them endangered.