Remembering Godfrey Merlen
In May 2023, the Galapagos conservation community lost a hero: Godfrey Merlen.
Living in Galapagos since the 1970s (arriving around the time Lonesome George was found on Pinta island), Godfrey achieved an amazing legacy in conservation impact. From pushing for greater invasive species control on planes and boats to campaigning for an end to whaling and wildlife trafficking, he drove so much change for the benefit of the Islands, often pioneering new approaches to conservation that hadn’t even crossed the minds of others.
GCT is honoured to have had Godfrey as an Ambassador since we began in the 1990s and all who worked with him were inspired deeply by his love for nature and his wisdom of conservation. He had many friends and colleagues all over the world who will miss him dearly.
Godfrey was a true voice for nature – we must continue to deliver his vision for a Galapagos where humans and nature thrive in harmony.