It was a little over one year ago that the world lost Lonesome George — the giant tortoise who became a symbol of the Galapagos Islands and touched people’s hearts around the globe.
Within weeks of George’s passing our partners at the Galapagos Conservancy launched the historic Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative. This ambitious global effort is part of the unprecedented investment they are making right now to move these amazing animals from rescue to full recovery.
AdventureSmith Explorations has partnered with the Galapagos Conservancy since our first Galapagos cruises in 2004. AdventureSmith travelers have an opportunity to become members of the Galapagos Consercancy when they book any Galapagos trip or cruise.
The Galapagos Conservancy is still in the earliest stages of this project, and cannot keep progressing without our continued support. So we are asking the AdventureSmith community to please make a special gift to Galapagos Conservancy today.
After nearly 50 years of tortoise breeding and rearing in Galapagos, many of the tortoise populations are coming back from near extinction. But the death of Lonesome George has inspired us to do even more to accelerate their recovery.
Your generous contribution today will help the Galapagos Conservancy:
- Improve the tortoise breeding and rearing centers, which will increase the effectiveness of the planned breeding programs for Pinta and Floreana tortoises.
- Continue preparations for the return of giant tortoises to Santa Fe more than 150 years after the island’s own tortoise species went extinct.
- Combat the resurgence of tortoise poaching, especially on southern Isabela.
- Support the collection of tortoises of partial or pure Floreana and Pinta ancestry from Isabela’s Wolf Volcano to begin breeding programs on Santa Cruz. Galapagos Conservancy hopes to release the first young tortoises into the wilds of their respective islands by 2019 or 2020.
All told, Galapagos Conservancy plans to invest more than $1.3 million in these projects over the next five years — and they simply cannot do it without our help.
The projects they have set in motion in the year since George’s death will put the Galapagos giant tortoises on the path to full recovery. But the next phase of this work is just beginning, and there is much more to do.
We encourage you to make a contribution in Lonesome George’s memory to ensure the giant tortoises — and all the other amazing animals of the Galapagos Islands — live on for generations to come.
Thank you to Johannah E. Barry, President of the Galapagos Conservancy, for her help with this post.