Our deepest, longest-standing conservation relationship
Lindblad Expeditions supports stewardship efforts in the places we explore, and one way we do that is through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund. Traveler contributions to the LEX-NG Fund in Galápagos currently support our regional partners—the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos National Park Directorate, Island Conservation, and the Tomás de Berlanga school—in their efforts to research and conserve the unique wildlife of the islands and promote education in the region.
Guest donations in Galápagos also support the National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grant program, which promotes future leaders with novel and exploratory projects that span the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. In awarding each $5,000-$10,000 grant, preference is given to projects that directly impact Galápagos or that align with our mission to preserve the ocean, coastlines, and coastal communities anywhere the LEX-NG fleet travels.
Continue reading below for a snapshot of projects we have supported over the years.
Rodents and feral cats are more than a mere nuisance on Floreana; they are the primary threat to the island's native fauna, including many threatened and endangered species. To restore Floreana, the LEX-NG Fund supports Island Conservation's invasive rodent and feral cat removal project.
In February 2015, National Geographic Explorer transported seven mangrove finch eggs—one of the rarest birds in the world—from Isabela to Puerto Ayora where the Charles Darwin Research Station is located.
In the highlands of Santa Cruz, the Tomás de Berlanga school is educating the next generation of leaders in the Galápagos. Through their nature-infused curriculum, the school cultivates well-rounded, socially and environmentally conscious students who care for their islands and the ocean.
Since 2000, we have supported higher education and helped students from Galápagos graduate with pride. Additionally, these efforts provide mentoring and, in some cases, opportunities for internships at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
The LEX-NG Fund's programs in the Galápagos help alleviate an environmental burden while economically supporting artisan communities by helping them turn bulky waste products such as paper and glass into objects of beauty and utility.
Interactions between domestic and wild animals can cause the spread of invasive diseases, threatening Galápagos' native and endemic wildlife. Darwin Animal Doctors is a full service veterinary clinic protecting wildlife on the islands by offering free spaying, neutering, and parasite treatments for pets.
The Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station, together with University of California-Davis, have produced information on shark populations, biology, and movement to improve the management and protection of the species.
The Charles Darwin Research Station has an extraordinary trove of data about flora and fauna of the Galápagos Islands. To make it accessible to a global network of scientists and researchers, they created Datazone—a free, online, and easily searchable database and website.
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