Charles Darwin Foundation

Inspiring Protection for the Wild Wonders of Galápagos

Traveler donations to the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund in Galápagos support the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and scientists at the Charles Darwin Research Station working to understand and monitor long-term ecological changes in Galápagos, which guides local leaders in developing effective strategies for marine and terrestrial environmental protection. We are proud to support CDF’s research on endemic species like giant tortoises, ecosystem conservation efforts, invasive species management (including the Philornis fly and wild blackberries), digitization of their extensive species collections, education and outreach, and more.

With LEX-NG Fund support, the CDF hosted beach cleanups where more than 1,000 schoolchildren from Galápagos collected marine plastic waste and debris from coastal areas of the four inhabited islands. ​The plastic was then cleaned and sorted and given to Ecuadorian artist Jose Luis Maldonado, who transformed the collected waste into a sculpture to raise awareness around the issue of plastics pollution. The sculpture is permanently on display at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island alongside an educational exhibit about plastics, inspiring travelers and other visitors to make positive changes to protect our ocean.

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund supports projects to understand and protect our world’s ocean, restore critical marine and coastal habitats, and foster environmental stewardship in the regions visited by our fleet, and beyond. For more information about the LEX-NG Fund or the projects we support around the world, please contact the Fund by email. To support our work by making a contribution to the LEX-NG Fund, click here. 

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