As the oldest, largest and most respected research institution in the Galapagos Islands, as well as the key scientific advisor to the Galapagos National Park, the Charles Darwin Foundation has had an immense impact on the conservation and management of the Galapagos Islands for over 50 years. Among the CDF’s major accomplishments are bringing Espanola Island’s giant tortoise population back from the brink of extinction, along with numerous other endemic species. The Foundation was also instrumental in establishing the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and spearheading ambitious projects to rid these iconic islands of invasive species.
Now, the Charles Darwin Foundation itself is facing extinction due to severe financial pressures forced upon it by the vagaries of island politics and the forced closure of their small local Puerto Ayora gift shop, a store that generated valuable income for the Foundation during lean times. “I think the correct expression is the situation is touch and go,” said Swen Lorenz, the Foundation’s chief executive. “We are possibly only a few weeks away” from closing.
To the rescue is the International Galapagos Tour Operators’ Association and – YOU. The International Galapagos Tour Operators’ Association (IGTOA), of which Wildland Adventures is a founding member and Wildland President Kurt Kutay serves on the Board, along with an anonymous donor, will generously offering to match every dollar you donate to keep the Charles Darwin Foundation in the business of saving the Islands we hold so dear. You give $10, the CDF receives $20, up to $25,000. If we can raise $25,000 by 31 December, IGTOA and this anonymous benefactor will donate a total of $75,000 to the Foundation! That will go a long way toward keeping the Galapagos Islands pristine and available to future generations of scientists and biologists.
Check out IGTOA’s donation page and support a great cause. Remember, we have only until 31 December to get the matching funds. Thank you all from every giant tortoise, blue-footed booby and sea lion pup in the Galapagos!
Your friendly Galapatgos expert,