Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation

Today is our 60th Birthday and we want to say thank you!

For six decades hundreds of scientists, researchers, and volunteers from across the world have participated in helping protect, manage and maintain the unique ecosystems and conservation of the Galapagos and the World.

Without support from all of you, we would not be able to achieve the long-lasting and positive impact on the natural world that we have been able to, so thank you!

60 years of science in Galapagos

Showcasing + Celebrating

Our Impact over 60 years

To celebrate the last 60 years, we want to share with you the impact your donations have helped in preserving, protecting, and restoring the beauty of the Galapagos and invite you to be a part of our vision for a better tomorrow.

1959 - Born to Protect -

The Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park are born. Initiating the giant tortoise and land iguana repatriation programs which continue today.

1971 - Lonesome George -

Together with the Galapagos National Park, we discovered the last known surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, Lonesome George.

1998 - Galápagos Marine Reserve -

Together with the Galapagos National Park, we established the Galapagos Marine Reserve - a unique and economically valuable ecosystem that, until now, have not received adequate protection from threats like overfishing.

2002 - Biological Control -

To combat an invasive cottony cushion scale that critically affected 98 plant species, a ladybird from Australia was introduced and studied for 3 years in the Research Station lab before the successful release.

2009 - Saving the Mangrove Finch -

Worked on the prevention of the extinction of the critically endangered mangrove finch, when only 100 were left in existence. The work continues today.

2016 - 2019 - Marine Education Project -

Reached over 2,500 local children and students through educational activities as part of the Marine Education Project between 2016 and 2019.

Together we can change the world

It’s never too late to help change the world and protect the natural beauty that surrounds us. At the Charles Darwin Foundation, we are on a mission to work to obtain new knowledge to achieve the conservation and sustainability of Galapagos for the decades to come and want to invite you to be a part of that mission.

So please join us and donate today.



The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to tackle the greatest threats and challenges to Galapagos through scientific research and conservation action, in order to safeguard one of the world’s most important natural treasures.

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