Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is the only UK registered charity focussed solely on the conservation of one of the most unique and ecologically important, but vulnerable, areas in the world, the Galapagos Islands.
40% of the 30,000 people who live in the Galapagos Islands are under 16 years old and about 90% of them have never left the urban areas of the Islands to experience the Galapagos National Park – despite the fact that this covers 97% of the Islands. This means that many of them have never seen the iconic Galapagos giant tortoise.
GTMEP © Christian Ziegler
This #GivingTuesday we’d like your help to raise £1,800, which could allow us to take 12 school groups out into the Galapagos National Park to experience the wildlife of Galapagos, including Galapagos giant tortoises, for themselves.
Without the support and enthusiasm of the people who share the Enchanted Isles with the giant tortoises, how will we ever be able to protect these gentle giants?
About the Galapagos giant tortoise
The Galapagos giant tortoise is one of the most famous animals of the Islands, with the Archipelago itself being named after them (Galapágo is an old Spanish word for tortoise). All of the Galapagos giant tortoise species alive today are under threat and are on the IUCN Red List – they range from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. We’ve been working with scientists to try and improve our understanding of how tortoises are coping with the threats they face in Galapagos from eggs to adults, and how we can help to protect them.
This amazing video (above) shows a Galapagos giant tortoise migration on Alcedo Volcano, Isabela island. We know very little about the lives and migrations of giant tortoises. The Giant Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme (GTMEP) works towards understanding the ecological needs of tortoises and incorporating them into landscape planning that will be important for their successful conservation. Find out more.
Check out this video of a baby Galapagos giant tortoise (above)! Tortoises remain vulnerable for the first 20 years of their long lives – we need to learn more about this stage of life in order to effectively protect Galapagos giant tortoises. Find out more about them and the ‘Lost Years’.
This film (above) from the GTMEP captures the hidden mystery of the lives of giant tortoises. Find out more about GTMEP and how they are helping to conserve tortoises.
This fun animation (above) has come from our Discovering Galapagos resources.
Other ways to get involved
- If you’d like to keep up to date with the latest news from Galapagos, updates from our projects and appeals. Please sign up to our free monthly e-Newsletter.
- Support us by purchasing merchandise from our online shop or buy 100% organic cotton t-shirts, jumpers and tote bags from our Teemill store.
- Volunteer with us:
Join our Tortoise Champion programme and become part of a network of conservation ambassadors helping to protect this iconic Galapagos species for just £35 per academic year!
Or find out more on the Get Involved page.
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