Help us protect the unique marine life of Galápagos

By donating to the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station, you are helping our scientists continue their research in order to better protect the unique animals and ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands.

Our supporter the Blue Feet Foundation pledged to match the first $10,000 raised! 

Help us meet our goal to safeguard the Galapagos Islands and its unique wildlife.

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Galápagos is home to some of the world’s most emblematic species: Galápagos penguins, green sea turtles, marine iguanas, Galápagos tortoises, flightless cormorants, scalloped hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Darwin finches, and many more.
These unique species live in a fragile ecosystem we have a duty to protect. But in the face of climate change, polluted oceans, illegal fishing, the growth in tourism, and accelerated spread of invasive species, its varied ecosystems are in danger.

Of all species registered in the enchanted islands, 4500 are marine species. Help our scientists and researchers protect these unique animals and their ecosystems.

Our Impact

40+ Active scientific projects across land and sea

30+ New deep-sea organisms discovered

50+ Marine invasive species recorded in Galapagos

3195 Volunteers since 1973

Our Results and Projects

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Sea Turtles

The Galápagos Marine Reserve represents the second-most important nesting area for the endangered East Pacific green sea turtle. But tourism growth over the last decade has been affecting sea turtles and other marine species. Our scientists aim to minimize impacts of boat traffic on sea turtles and other marine wildlife.

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Sea Mounts

The Galapagos is rife with underwater mountains which are productive habitats and host rich biodiversity. But little is known about these mysterious sea mounts which rise thousands of meters above the sea floor. With the help of expert taxonomists from all over the world, we have already identified 37 potentially new species to science, but have so much more to uncover.

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Sharks

Silky shark was listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Our scientists are studying this species’ migration behavior to understand how to better protect them. In 2021, we collaborated in the research that tagged 47 adult silky sharks and obtained amazing results. One female shark traveled nearly 7,000 kilometers, visiting marine protected areas of Galápagos, Cocos Island, and Malpelo along the way.

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Sea Birds

The Galapagos penguin is the only penguin found in the Northern hemisphere. Monitoring their population statistics in the long term is critical to understanding the effects of climate change on this emblematic species, and designing and implementing effective management actions for their conservation.

You can support the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station’s efforts to conserve and protect Galápagos directly through the Friends of the Charles Darwin Foundation, our fiscal agent and charity partner in the United States. Friends of the Charles Darwin Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and any donation received is fully tax-deductible for U.S. donors. We accept cash, cheques, stock and crypto currency. For more information or any questions, please reach out to fundraising@fcdarwin.org.ec.

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The ‘Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands’, in French ‘Fondacion Charles Darwin  pour les Iles Galapagos’, Association Internationale sans but lucrative (AISBL), has its registered office at Avenue Louise 54, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Trade Registry # 0409.359.103

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