June’s Galapagos Roundup

In this month’s roundup: remember Lonesome George on the anniversary of his death; testing Discovering Galapagos with Robert Fuller; your chance to win a limited edition dive watch; an update on the whale shark project and much more…

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In memory of Lonesome George…

On June 24th 2012, Galapagos and the rest of the world lost a great conservation icon; Lonesome George. A tragic but all too familiar story, George’s species, the Pinta tortoise, was brought to extinction because of the actions of humans. But whilst George is no longer with us, his story and his legacy live on.

Today we remember Lonesome George as a symbol of the fragility of the Galapagos Islands and of the natural world. Join us in ensuring that George’s story is not repeated by contributing to our Lonesome George Tribute Fund. Text “JUNE24 £5” to 70070 to donate £5 or visit our website for further details.

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Progress Update: Discovering Galapagos

Today and tomorrow, staff from GCT will be running a series of workshops based on our new interactive educational resource, Discovering Galapagos, at several schools in Yorkshire, accompanied by British wildlife artist Robert Fuller. The workshops, which will include activities and games related to species adaptation and food chains, mark the start of the testing phase of the Discovering Galapagos programme.

Robert, who visited Galapagos earlier this year, is a former pupil at one of the schools and, since returning from his visit to the Islands, has produced a series of fantastically detailed paintings of some of Galapagos’ most iconic species. Featuring Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, giant tortoises and more, the paintings are now on display in his summer exhibition “Drawing for Darwin” at his gallery in Thixendale, Yorkshire. Robert is also giving a talk about his ‘Galapagos Adventure’ this Saturday at 19:30 – visit his website for more details.

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Dive with the mark of luxury…

We are giving you the opportunity to win a stunning limited edition dive watch made by IWC Schaffhausen whilst supporting Galapagos conservation. Limited to just 500 watches, this unique IWC Aquatimer Chronograph watch honours the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos. With blue hands and indices reminiscent of the blue-footed booby’s feet, this luxury watch features a rotating bezel, IWC quick-change strap and the innovative IWC SafeDive system.

For more information on how to win this stunning watch, click here.

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Don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime…

Time is running out to join GCT’s CEO Ian Dunn and special guest speaker and marine biologist Professor Nicholas Owens on an exclusive cruise around Galapagos in November. There are only two spaces remaining on this year’s supporter cruise on board the MY Majestic which will tour on a bespoke itinerary around the Archipelago’s western islands.

As well as having an incredible and inspiring trip, all cruise guests will receive a lifetime membership to GCT, making this well and truly the trip of a lifetime. For more information please visit our website or contact us on 020 7399 7440.

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Progress Update: Whale Shark research trip brought forward due to El Niño

Thanks to the success of our Galapagos Whale Shark Appeal last year, we have provided funding to an upcoming research trip which aims to further our understanding of the world’s largest fish. Project Leader Jonathan Green and his team will travel up to the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin in July, where, among other things, they will attach satellite tags to whale sharks in order to gather more information on their migration behaviour.

The research trip was initially due to go out at the end of September, but has had to be rescheduled due to the impending threat of a strong El Niño event which looks to be developing in the Pacific Ocean. Nobody knows how whale sharks respond to El Niño but, during one such event in 1997-98, Jonathan remembers that whale sharks disappeared from the Galapagos Marine Reserve for over a year. Tagging individuals before the El Niño has fully developed may provide very useful information with regards to how whale sharks respond to the phenomenon. We will be sure to update you with any news from the project.

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Event: Re-Discovering Galapagos Day

Join us on 28 October at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) for an evening of Galapagos discovery. We will be showcasing our fantastic new educational resource, Discovering Galapagos, in a unique event format: you will have the opportunity to attend a series of talks on a range of Galapagos-related topics; explore the famous RGS building which will have exhibits offering a range of historical and interactive Galapagos material; and meet with past expedition members, GCT staff and fellow Galapagos lovers.

For more information and to book your tickets, click here.