Protecting endangered species from pandemic impacts

The wildlife of Galapagos is under siege. From the critically endangered mangrove finches impacted by the pandemic lockdown, to the whale sharks under threat from the international, industrial fishing fleets outside the boundary of the Galapagos Marine Reserve – the unique animals of the Islands need your help.

The Charles Darwin Foundation’s Mangrove Finch Project team had to leave the field suddenly, in the middle of the breeding season. This meant they had to abandon the mangrove finch nestlings to the mercy of Philornis downsi fly larvae. These larvae suck the chicks’ blood, usually resulting in death, and were present in all the nests the team came across. There is nothing they can do but hope they will find breeding adults ready to nest again next season. They need your help to make sure that they can return to the field in 2021 to ensure that next year’s nestlings survive.

Mangrove finch fledgling © Francesca Cunninghame

Mangrove finch fledgeling © Francesca Cunninghame

In June 2020, over 300 international, industrial fishing ships were identified on the boundary of the GMR. Ships like these provide a perilous journey for migratory species, such as whale and scalloped hammerhead sharks. We need to ramp up our efforts to provide safe corridors for these majestic creatures outside of the GMR by providing the evidence required to create protected swimways through these dangerous waters – but we need your support to do so more urgently than ever.

Whale sharks © Simon Pierce

Whale sharks © Simon Pierce

Please help us to ensure the survival of the unique wildlife of Galapagos in these extraordinary times by donating today.