Our deepest, longest-standing conservation relationship
Our relationship with Galápagos runs deep. It began when Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first-ever civilian expedition here in 1967, and then stepped forward to pay the salaries of the islands’ first two conservation officials in 1968. Since the launch of our conservation efforts in 1997, along with our guests we’ve contributed millions of dollars for key Galápagos-based conservation, education, research, and community development initiatives. We are also committed to providing North American K-12 educators with a professional development opportunity through the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program in Galápagos and beyond.
Highlighted below are just a few of the many Galápagos projects we support.
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.