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Galápagos

Over 20% of the animal species in the Galápagos Islands are found nowhere else on Earth. Years of intelligence have revealed a high incidence of vessels fishing illegally in the abundant waters around several islands.

Between illegal fishing, animal trafficking, and the degradation of the environment due to the Island’s 28,000 inhabitants and their domestic animals, the Galápagos now has its fair share of problems.

Consider helping to protect this wondrous place. Help stop the illegal trade of species leaving the Galápagos by donating money to an undercover investigation, or by providing legal support for a criminal case.

Very often, poachers go free due to lack of funds to prosecute them. There are far too few examples of poachers going to jail to deter future offenders.

Or consider helping to support the sniffer dogs. They need food, vet care, and protection from death threats.

When you visit, you will disembark in Puerto Ayora and be met by your hosts.  Enjoy a traditional lunch and hear of the latest developments of the work you are supporting, and if possible, see your gift in action.

We hope you see a Wish List item that touches your heart for this very special place .

They would be grateful for these items
  • Hiking Boots – Sizes 8 to 10
  • Rain Ponchos
  • First Aid
  • Law Enforcement Equipment–handcuffs, etc.
  • Live Capture Animal Traps
  • Waterproof Notebooks and Pens
  • High-powered and Waterproof Binoculars
  • Laptops
  • Hand held GPS Units
  • Radios–Motorola Pro 150 (Standard with
    Existing Equipment) and VHF
  • Inflatable Boats–12′ and longer

“Do Good While Getting Away.”

Choose to be a travel philanthropist as you enjoy Private Custom travel or a Group Departure with iCare Travel.

Wish List Items

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$150+ Helps Conservation Projects be Successful

$150+ Help Stop Conservation Projects Falling Through the Cracks

Conservation efforts sometimes fall through the cracks when funds are short to pay people and buy materials.

During your visit, meet the people behind the scenes who have dedicated their lives to protecting the Galápagos Islands and the wildlife. Learn of the current projects where your money will be spent, while enjoying a beverage and traditional treat.

Galapagos philanthropic travel

$150 Seized Boat Becomes a Boutique

$150 Seized Boat Becomes a Boutique

A women’s group on San Cristobal Island has converted a seized fishing boat into an eco-friendly, eye-catching boutique restaurant and shop. They hope to support their families with this business instead of having to rely on fishing.

When you visit, meet the nonprofit people on Santa Cruz Island who are helping these entrepreneurial women. If your boat goes into port at San Cristobal, the women will meet you and show you the boat. While aboard, enjoy the unique view of the harbor while eating savory treats and hearing the women’s stories.

Galapagos philanthropic travel

$185 Buy Fish-friendly Fishing Hooks

$185 Buy Fish-friendly Fishing Hooks

The local fishermen do not wish to harm the fish they are not intending to catch.

Buy two boxes of low-impact fishing hooks for the local fishermen. Traditional hooks cause unnecessary damage and death to fish that were not intended to be caught. On your visit, meet local fishermen and hear some local fishing stories.

Galapagos philanthropic travel

$300 Help Harrison Ford Stop Animal Trafficking

$300 Help Harrison Ford Stop Animal Trafficking

Curbing the demand for illegal animal products is a very important part of the battle to end animal trafficking. At present, over 80 celebrities have donated their time to this worthy cause. WildAid International’s public service announcements repeatedly reach more than 1 billion viewers per week.

Support WildAid’s media campaign while visiting the Galapagos. A WildAid staff member will meet you in Puerto Ayora and treat you to a traditional lunch. Learn how your donation will help to save Galapagos wildlife.

Galapagos philanthropic travel

$500 Prevent Oil from Damaging the Galápagos

$500 Prevent Oil from Damaging the Galápagos

In 2007, the Galápagos Islands was added to UNESCO’s List of Endangered World Heritage Sites in consideration of human waste and migration issues. The amount of waste oil has been increasing along with human migration. Now it amounts to more than 60,000 gallons per year. Typically, waste oil has been dumped on the ground or spilled into the marine reserve by car owners, tour operators and fisherman.

Help fund the oil recycling project. On your visit, meet the people who work with the project and visit the recycling site, if you wish. It is not far away when you are in port in Puerto Ayora.

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$500 or $1,000 Help the Sniffer Dogs

$500 or $1,000 Help the Sniffer Dogs

The Galápagos has very little funds for combating the smuggling of exotic animals and animal parts. Five hundred dollars will feed and take care of the sniffer dogs used by customs for one month. One thousand dollars will help provide for their medical care.

If you wish, come by and see the dogs when you come. And spend some time with the nonprofit staff who will share stories with you about the Dog Immigration Project over a traditional lunch.

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$1,000 Fund an Undercover Investigation

$1,000 Fund an Undercover Investigation

Although the Galápagos has many regulations for protecting its wildlife, it has very few resources for prosecuting illegal traffickers. It is uncommon that the wildlife traffickers end up in jail. Shark fins, sea cucumbers, and out-of-season lobsters are highly sought after items.

Help send a clear message to illegal traffickers that there are consequences for breaking the law. When you visit, meet WildAid International staff who will tell you about the search and seizure operation your donation will support. If an investigator is in town, meet him or her and enjoy a typical local lunch.

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$2,500 Help Stop Illegal Fishing and Big Boats Colliding

$2,500 Help Stop Illegal Fishing and Big Boats Colliding

The Vessel Monitoring System monitors illegal fishing areas, and improves boat safety by preventing collisions of large vessels such as cruise ships and fuel tankers.

When you visit Puerto Ayora, meet with local nonprofit staff, see the Vessel Monitoring System, and learn how it greatly benefits the Galápagos. Hear stories of daily happenings in the waterways over a delicious typical lunch.

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$5,000 Help Train and Protect Park Wardens

$5,000 Help Train and Protect Park Wardens

Park Service Wardens need annual training in self-defense, crime scene investigation, and basic operational protocols. Training is vital to ensure that evidence is collected correctly for presentation in the courts, as well as to protect the Wardens in the line of duty.

When you visit, enjoy a delicious traditional meal with a Park Warden and nonprofit staff, while hearing stories of the daily challenges of protecting the Galápagos

Galapagos philanthropic travel

$5,000 Keep the Patrol Plane in the Air

$5,000 Keep the Patrol Plane in the Air

The Galápagos has only one aircraft to patrol the whole 51,000 square miles of Galápagos Marine Reserve. Since the Reserve is one of the most abundant sea life areas in the world, both local and international fishing vessels are intent on plundering its treasures. It is crucial that the patrol plane be maintained so it can stay in the air.

When you visit, meet a pilot and local nonprofit staff involved with the plane patrolling efforts. Hear stories about the scurrilous fishing activities of local and international fishing vessels. A delicious typical meal will be provided.

Galapagos philanthropic travel

$24,000 Save the Ocean Floor

$24,000 Save the Ocean Floor

Tourist boats visit the most popular Galápagos sites hundreds of times per year. When the boats drop their anchors, the anchors scrape along the ocean floor damaging the sea floor habitat and fragile coral reefs.

Fixed anchors (called “mooring buoys”) are permanent fixtures where boats can tie up. The materials come from overseas and the anchors are not easy to install, so buying four mooring buoys at a time is much more cost effective than buying and installing fewer than four.

When you are in port in Puerto Ayora, meet with local nonprofit staff over a delicious meal and learn about mooring buoys and the Galápagos ocean floor. Your gift will be very much appreciated. They will preserve the ocean floor well into the future!