The Galapagos Islands has a stunning natural landscape with unique wildlife, and are a wonderful place to travel for a vacation. Unfortunately, human interference has significantly damaged the natural flora and fauna, and although conservation efforts are in progress, it will not be long before the islands fall prey to human activities.
Habitat protection is one of the main activities undertaken to conserve the Galapagos Islands. Conservation aims to protect the islands from human interference, but also to ensure that native plant and animal species can continue their unique way of life. There are currently no plans for any further human activity on the islands, with only limited areas left open for tourist use. It is estimated that there are at least seven thousand visitors on the island each year.
The Galapagos Conservation Fund was created in 1997 and works to conserve the natural environment, whilst protecting the wildlife and ecosystems which are essential for the island’s inhabitants. The Galapagos Conservation Fund was set up by the World Wildlife Fund and other private donors. The fund is managed by the National Parks Service, the United States Government and others.
National Parks Service
The Galapagos Island National Parks Service was established to manage conservation on the islands. They operate a conservation strategy which aims to enhance biodiversity through careful management while ensuring that the island remains an ecologically viable location. This is achieved through the planning, implementation and monitoring of various programmes. For example, by promoting native plant species and removing invasive alien species, and by working hard to increase indigenous biodiversity through replanting native vegetation.
The National Parks Service manages and protects many parks, which are on the island, including Santa Cruz, Floreana. Santa Cruz Island is considering the main attraction of the Galapagos and is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world. It has four large islands, and more than twenty smaller ones, with a variety of flora and fauna. There is also the historical town of San Cristobal, which is a popular base to explore the other islands.
Some of the most important sites on the island include San Cristobal’s Old Town and Floreana Cathedral. The Santa Cruz Bird Sanctuary is a popular destination for bird enthusiasts as well as a fascinating place for nature lovers and bird watching enthusiasts. There is also the Floreana Marine Turtle Breeding Centre which is home to around fifty Galapagos marine turtles.
The penguins at the zoo, which are part of the population of Australian Sheep Penguins, are an exciting addition to the Galapagos. The Floreana Marine Turtle Breeding Centre has a large breeding area and a large collection of penguins that can be seen through a glass enclosure.
The Galapagos is also home to many different types of wildlife, including Galapagos Island Foxes, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Sea Eagle, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Wood Duck, Galapagos Wild Duck, Galapagos Turtle, Galapagos Sea Turtle, Galapagos Dolphin, and a host of marine animals. These animals are all protected in national parks and reserves, which cover over half the island, which includes an important network of national reserves, protected areas and reserves which can be accessed by the public.
A key part of the conservation work is that the national park system is managed to ensure the long term sustainable functioning of the area. There are a variety of laws and regulations governing the conservation work on the islands, and these are enforced to ensure that the environment on the islands is maintained as it should be. There are strict rules that govern hunting and fishing, as well as regulations about how the island is developed.
There is an International Animal Welfare Group, which supports the conservation programme on the islands. This organisation works closely with the governments of Ecuador, Galapagos and Chile, and the United States, and supports their efforts to ensure that the conservation on the islands is sustainable. This group works towards establishing policies to protect the habitat, and wildlife on the islands.
Some many programmes and activities can help you explore the Galapagos. These include visits to the museum on Santa Cruz Island, as well as visiting the Floreana Zoo or other naturalist activities, such as scuba diving, hiking and bird watching, in Santa Cruz.