Galapagos Conservancy

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and see the Galapagos Islands as they were before humans arrived … when hundreds of thousands of giant tortoises roamed the islands?

We don’t have a time machine. But you and I do have a historic opportunity to turn back the clock on the destruction of the giant tortoise dynasty.

Last year, with your generous support, Galapagos Conservancy and our partners launched the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) – a groundbreaking global effort to fully restore giant tortoise populations across the Galapagos Islands!

But this historic endeavor cannot succeed without your help. Galapagos Conservancy must invest more than $1,400,000 in this project over the next five years, and we need generous donors like you to take the lead.

Please make a generous gift to help Galapagos Conservancy preserve, protect, and restore this special place and its incredible wildlife.

Hundreds of years of hunting, predation by invasive species, and habitat destruction have left as few as 20,000 of the original 200,000 wild tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. The Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative is a chance for you and me to move the Galapagos giant tortoises beyond rescue to full recovery.

After a year of intensive planning and preparation, Galapagos Conservancy and our partners are ready to begin the GTRI’s first phases. The only question now is whether we will have the resources we need to move forward. Because these high priority initiatives come with large expenses.

  • $250,000 to recover tortoises with partial Floreana and Pinta ancestry (relatives of Lonesome George) from Wolf Volcano on Isabela. These hybrid tortoises will provide the foundation for a breeding and rearing program that will allow us to establish reproductive, self-sustaining tortoise populations on Floreana and Pinta Islands.
  • $75,000 to return giant tortoises to Santa Fe Island more than 150 years after the island’s native tortoises went extinct.
  • $30,000 for an international anti-poaching workshop to combat the illegal killing of tortoises, particularly on southern Isabela.

Beyond these first phases, Galapagos Conservancy will need to invest an additional $1 million over the next five years to restore giant tortoise populations to all the islands they once inhabited – and in numbers not seen in more than a century.

But, because most of our funding comes from generous donors like you, our ability to move forward depends on the actions you take today.

I urge you to make a tax-deductible gift to Galapagos Conservancy today to help us reverse centuries of damage to the archipelago and its giant tortoise dynasty.


Thank you for your strongest support. The impact of your generosity today will be seen and felt in our beloved Galapagos Islands for centuries to come.

For Galapagos,
Johannah E. Barry