Felipe Cruz

Felipe Cruz © GCTOur friend and close collaborator, Felipe Cruz, sadly passed away in August 2018, at 60 years old. Born on Floreana island, to one of the first families to settle in Galapagos, Felipe was a passionate conservationist, driven to protect his home Islands for their unique biodiversity and for future generations. 

Through his various roles at the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, he played a significant role in some of the largest ecosystem restoration projects in Galapagos including Project Isabela, an eight year, multi-million dollar programme to rid northern Isabela and Santiago islands of introduced goats, This project paved the way for ecosystem regeneration in Galapagos on an even greater scale – including the ambitious Restoring Floreana programme.

Floreana Restoration Programme


The six species pledged towards that will benefit from the Floreana Restoration Programme

In March 2019 GCT held an event at Bridgewater House in London in memory of Felipe, which focused on the fascinating history of Floreana and the work GCT is undertaking in order to restore Floreana and save threatened species. On the island, invasive mammals have contributed to 12 local extinctions and one global extinction. Fifty-five further species still found on Floreana are under threat, with their populations under pressure from introduced species. Several are now critically endangered on a global scale.

Our guests, including many friends of Felipe, pledged to support one of six species that will benefit from the Floreana programme and serve as good representatives of the project and why it is so important. They include the Floreana mockingbird, Galapagos racer snake, medium tree-finch, little vermillion flycatcher, Galapagos petrel and the Floreana giant tortoise.

By donating, they are helping us continue work that meant so much to Felipe – restoring Floreana back to its former glory and saving species which are in urgent need of help. We are grateful to everyone who so generously donated and have listed them below.

In memory of Felipe Cruz – Roll of Honour:

Alan Chapman – Floreana mockingbird

Audrey Simmons – Floreana mockingbird

Baroness Hooper – Medium tree finch

Carol Kemm – Little vermillion flycatcher

Charlotte Sundquist – Galapagos racer snake

Charmian Caines – Little vermillion flycatcher

Chris Waddel – Galapagos racer snake

David Horwell – Medium tree finch

Deborah Leng – Galapagos petrel

Dr Anthony Greenway

Dr Mark Collins and Family – Little vermillion flycatcher

Edward & Sally Benthall – Galapagos petrel

George Seligman – Medium tree finch

Gill Wilson – Little vermillion flycatcher

Hauxton Bird Group – Little vermillion flycatcher

Irene and Graham Francis – Galapagos racer snake

Jane Tozer – Medium tree finch

Jenn Stone – Little vermillion flycatcher

Judith Farrar – Floreana mockingbird

Karen Hunneyball – Floreana mockingbird

Kirsty Wilson – Galapagos petrel

Lord and Lady Phillimore – Floreana mockingbird

Mark and Sophie Lewisohn – Galapagos petrel

Michael Drake – Little vermillion flycatcher

Nicholas Moll – Floreana mockingbird

Oliver Graham – Medium tree finch

Pam Moore – Floreana giant tortoise

Penelope Eve – Floreana mockingbird

Raechel and Liam Hope – Floreana giant tortoise

Rebecca Nesbit and Philip Gould – Galapagos racer snake

Stephen and Judy Cockburn – Floreana giant tortoise

Toni Darton – Galapagos petrel

Varshika Manji – Floreana giant tortoise

Vivienne S. Lewis – Floreana giant tortoise

Latin Routes – Medium tree finch

Metropolitan Touring

Setours – Floreana giant tortoise and Galapagos petrel 

Think Galapagos – Floreana mockingbird

Wanderlust Magazine

Tributes from friends of Felipe:

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